Born Alach June 3rd 1773
Died Erfurt Jan 12th 1829
Michael Gotthardt Fischer was the last of the three organists, composers and music teachers whose work was associated with the Barfusserkirche and the Predigerkirche. His teachers and predecessors in office are the last student of J. S. Bach, Johann Christian Kittel (1732–1809) and his nephew, Johann Wilhelm Häßler (1747–1822).
Fischer came from the Alach innkeeper family. His musicality and intelligence were noticed early on, so he went to the Erfurt Ratsgymnasium with an attached music seminar. He arranged for Hässler's orchestra, worked out demanding modern concert programs with his own compositions, studied scores and, at the age of nineteen, took the podium for Hässler for the first time. Dalberg appointed him concert master and in 1796 organist of the barefoot organ. He was the celebrated, rising star in the artistic sky of the city, which was still important at the time.
In 1810 he was appointed organist at the 1st Music Festival in Bad Frankenhausen, which ended in resounding success and patriotic, anti-Napoleonic fraternization. Louis Spohr conducted the 1st Erfurt Music Festival in 1811 in the Barfusserkirche with the performance of "Creation", Fischer was left out. He did not give in to demands from the Erfurt concert audience for shallower programs followed by dancing. His attempts to leave Erfurt failed. Occasional organ guest performances in Dresden and Leipzig are enthusiastic
been recorded. In 1809 he switched to the preacher organ, and in 1817 illness forced him to give up the organ services.
He left behind symphonies, chamber and vocal music and some music for the organ.
There are 17 other performances of music by Michael Gotthard Fischer in Concert Hall.
Also many by Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer.