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(b c1605; d Stralsund, bur. 1 April 1646). German composer, organist and instrumentalist. He probably came of a musical family from Saxony or Thuringia. By 1616 he was a choirboy in the Dresden Hofkapelle, for in a letter of 23 September that year Heinrich Schütz, who was prominent there, described him as such and declared that he was ‘a fine, modest person and making a very good, solid beginning in composition’. He also studied the violin and cornett. In 1630… read more

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