|Short Name:||Franz Xaver Gruber|
|Full Name:||Gruber, Franz Xaver, 1787-1863|
Franz Xaver Gruber (1787-1863)
Born: November 25, 1787, Unterweizberg (near Hochburg), Austria.
Died: June 7, 1863, Hallein (near Salzburg), Austria.
Buried: 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.