1787–1863
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No­vem­ber 25, 1787, Un­ter­weiz­berg, Aus­tria.

June 7, 1863, Hall­ein, 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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