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Biography

Johann (or Johannes) "Hans" Kugelmann (born around 1495 probably in Augsburg , died July / August 1542 in Königsberg) was a German composer and court trumpeter in Königsberg.

Kugelmann was one of five brothers, four of whom served in Koenigsberg in the chapel of Duke Albrecht. While the date of birth is unknown, his work is documented from 1518 onwards in the court chapel of Emperor Maximilian I. He probably stayed there until 1523 and then entered the service of Fugger in Augsburg. From 1524 he was a trumpeter and court composer with Margrave Albrecht in Königsberg. The demonstrable increase in salary is attributable to the esteem by the Duke, who also gave him a small house in 1541. Parallel to his work at the court he was from 1534 to his death Kapellmeister of the Kantorei. After two years of illness he died in 1542.

In 1540 the choral work Concentus novitrium vocum, Ecclesiarum usui in Prussia precipue accomodati was published by Kugelmann in Augsburg. In this, Johann Gramann's re-poetry of Psalm 103 is now praised, my soul, to the gentlemen with an older melody. This is moved into the 6/4 time and expanded by an expressive increase in the second half. Thus, text and melody were included in all German-language evangelical vocal journals ( EC 289) and in translations into numerous other languages. The melody was edited several times by Johann Sebastian Bach .

There are also a mass and two motets.

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