Born: 1621, Neurode (now Nowa Ruda, Poland)
Died: 15 Sept 1675, Breslau (now Wrocław, Poland)
German composer, organist and poet. He received a Protestant schooling at Bernstadt. Though he was drawn into the religious upheaval that afflicted Silesia, he was also receptive to his musical environment, and he may have been taught music by Löwenstern. His first post was nearby at Öls, where he was organist and also a member of the council from 1643 to the spring of 1649. From 4 May 1649 he was an organist and schoolmaster in the New City of Breslau and from 8 October 1655 was organist of the second most important church in Breslau, St Maria Magdalena. From 24 February 1654 he was permitted to sign himself ‘Notarius Caesareus Publicus’. The many surviving copies of his 1661 volume (as well as transcriptions of it) indicate that he was one of the most successful exponents of the simplified sacred concerto. The characteristics of his style – clear-cut forms (with sinfonias, interludes, solo episodes and tutti ritornello sections), smooth harmony and parlando choral declamation – were particularly suited to music intended for use in the home as well as in church; following traditional theological thinking, he regarded devotion as more important than art. His song collections of 1667 and 1670 contain settings of his own poems and show him clearly following in Löwenstern’s footsteps, without, however, adopting his complex metrical structures.
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