November 25, 1787, Unterweizberg (near Hochburg), Austria.

June 7, 1863, Hallein (near Salzburg), Austria.

Hallein, Austria.

Son of a linen weaver, Gruber learned the violin against his father’s wishes, and studied organ under Georg Hartdobler. He taught school at Arnsdorf, Austria (1807-29), and in 1816 began playing the organ at St. Nikolaus Church in Oberndorf. Later, he served as headmaster in Berndorf (1828-32), and played the organ and directed the choir at Hallein (1833-63). He is said to have composed over 90 musical pieces.

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