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Biography

Paul Wüst (also Wiest, Wiestius; Obscoenus) (1470-45 - c. 1540) was a Swiss Renaissance composer. He was a travelling minstrel ('ioculator egregius') until about 1510. Later he lived in Augsburg and Basle. From about 1520 he was a headmaster in Kaysersberg, north-west of Colmar , Alsace. From there he corresponded with Swiss humanist circles, in particular with Joachim Vadian, the Amerbach brothers and Glarean.

Apart from a Latin psalm motet and two sacred two-voice songs, 22 secular German songs for four and five voices have survived ; Ten are contained in CH-Bu FX 1-4, compiled in 1523-5 for the Amerbach family. Of these songs, a cycle of four-voice arrangements of the folksong Elslein, dearest Elselein is known interesting ; The melody in a different voice in each version, and the phrases already show a strong tendency towards homophony. A psalm motet for five voices and other songs are lost.

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