Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow or Zachau (1663, Leipzig – 1712) was a German musician and composer of vocal and keyboard music.
Zachow probably received his training from his father, the piper Heinrich Zachow, one of Leipzig's town musicians in the Alta capella, and maybe from Johann Schelle, a leading German composer, when the family moved to Eilenburg.
As Kantor and organist of Halle's Market Church in 1684 he succeeded Samuel Ebart.
Zachow was the teacher of Gottfried Kirchhoff, Johann Philipp Krieger and Johann Gotthilf Ziegler, but is best remembered as George Frideric Handel's first music teacher. He taught Handel how to play the violin, organ, harpsichord, and oboe as well as counterpoint. Zachow's teaching was so effective, that in 1702 at the age of seventeen, Handel accepted a position as organist at the former Dom in Halle.
This very fine partita is a good example of his excellent way of composing.
The piece is rather long so I played only Variations 1 - 5 and 9.
The opening chorale setting is by Zachow; the concluding by J.S. Bach from one of his cantata's.