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Greiter, Matthias
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(Matthew; c. 1494, Aichach – Dec 20, 1550, Strasbourg), clergyman, hymn writer, cantor, and composer. After attending Latin school and studying in Freiburg im Breisgau (1510) this composer of songs worked from 1522 as a monk and cantor in the cathedral. As J. Walter in Torgau did for Luther, Greiter built the musical foundation for the new orders of worship of the Strasbourg Reformers and with the type of the lay cantor created a new class of church musician. Already in the ordinarium songs of the “Teutsch Kirchen ampt” [German church of…

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Brusniak, Friedhelm, “Greiter, Matthias”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 04 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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