A student from the organist Klaus, and later on a theology college student in Halle, Himmel spent the majority of his period in the piano in the lecture theatre. He continued to be a steward and preferred from the royal family members upon his see by Friedrich Wilhelm II who valued his piano abilities having found out Himmel during his visit as an military post chaplain in Potsdam. Getting the chamber composer for the Prussian courtroom throughout his profession, Himmel could happen to be Italy where he previously two operas created, “Il primo navigatore,” and “La morte di Semiramide.” Upon his go back to Berlin in 1795 he became the Kapellmeister but was still permitted to travel. His most significant opera buffa was “Fanchon das Leyermadchen” that was popular because of its enjoyable qualities. This function was criticized as the much less well-known “Die Sylphen” was hailed like a precursor to Weber. “Fanchon” managed continued recognition. Himmel also made up oratorios, cantatas, and instrumental music such as for example his “Grande Sonata for the Piano Forte in F-dur” right now lost. It really is difficult to investigate Himmel’s music since it falls between designs reflecting the changing personality of the interpersonal nexus where he lived.