xxxxxThe German composer and music theorist Michael Praetorius was one of the most versatile and prolific musicians of his age. As a composer he is remembered for his wealth of church music, particularly his nine-
MICHAEL PRAETORIUS c1571 -
Praetorius: 17th century engraving, artist unknown.
xxxxxThe German composer, organist and music theorist Michael Praetorius was one of the most versatile and prolific musicians of his age. He is particularly remembered today for the development he made in musical forms, based on Protestant hymns, and for his Syntagma musicum, an outstanding and historically important treatise on the music and the musical instruments of the 16th and early 17th century.
xxxxxHe was born in Creuzburg, Thuringia, the youngest son of a Lutheran pastor, and studied divinity and philosophy at the University of Frankfurt on the Oder. As a musician he was largely self-
xxxxxHis first compositions date from around 1602, and his most productive years began some two years later. He wrote a large amount of church music, outstanding among this being his marathon nine-
xxxxxIncidentally, Praetorius was born Michael Schultze. The surname means “mayor” or “magistrate” in German, and he chose to take the Latin translation. ……
xxxxx…… Praetorius made use of the bagpipe in some of his music. One of the oldest known instruments, it was highly popular in his time.