1660 – Born in Hirtenfeld in Styria, Austria.
1680 – 1688 – He was accepted at the Jesuit university there, where his musical talent became apparent; and he was organist at St Moritz.
1690 – He was in Vienna, and attracted the attention of Emperor Leopold I with some masses he composed; the emperor was sufficiently impressed by them to assist him with his career after this point.
1698 – Leopold hired him as court composer.
1700 – Traveled again to Italy, studying in Rome.
1711 – Was made musical director of the Austrian Imperial Court.
1725 – His mastery of counterpoint influenced countless composers through his treatise Gradus ad Parnassum.
1741 – Died on the 13th of February in Austria.