b Halle, baptised 3 November 1587
d Halle, 24 March 1654, aged sixty-six
He was the son of the wine and beer steward and superintendent of water for the City of Halle. He first attended the local Gymnasium, then from 1603 to 1608 was organist at the Moritzkirche. He studied in Amsterdam with Sweelinck, and returned to Halle in 1609 as court organist to Prince Christian Wilhelm of Brandenburg. In 1619 he was appointed Kapellmeister there. His court life ended abruptly in 1625 when Christian Wilhelm went to battle in the Thirty Years War, but was resumed in 1638 with the return of peace.
1620-40 (33 53)
Seven collections of vocal music, all sacred
Ludi musici (4 volumes), for instrumental ensemble
Tabulatura nova (3 volumes), keyboard music