Born: Circa 1660, Altenburg, Germany.
Died: April 13, 1716, Altenburg or Gotha, Germany.
Son of Altenburg court organist Johann Ernst Witt, Christian probably received a scholarship from Frederick I, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, in 1676 to study in Vienna and Salzburg, then from 1685–86 to study composition and counterpoint in Nuremberg with Georg Caspar Wecker, returning for further study in 1688.
He moved to Gotha to become court chamber organist in June 1686, and stayed there the rest of his life. He became a substitute for Kapellmeister W. M. Mylius in 1694, and succeeded him after his death in 1713; Duke Frederick II was one of his pupils.
He is mentioned as a good keyboard player and Kapellmeister in J. P. Treiber’s 1704 Der accurate Organist im General-Bass & Telemann’s 1739 Beschreibung der Augen-Orgel. He was valued by the courts of Ansbach-Bayreuth, Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt, and Saxe-Weißenfels.
While on his deathbed, Bach was commissioned to substitute for him and perform a Passiontide work for the court chapel (the Weimarer Passion). Witt wrote dozens of cantatas.
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