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Though this German poet and Kantor was not a magnificent composer he had a profound impact on Lutheran hymnody. Walter led a strict Lutheran life after the Reformation and also wrote "Geystliches gesangk Buchleyn" which was the first Lutheran hymn book, and a hymnbook that contained a forward written by Luther. It contained thirty eight German settings – indicative of Luther's concept of vernacularization – and only five Latin texts. Melancthon, whom Walter met when he met Luther, praised the… read more

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