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Praetorius, Michael
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(Schultheiß; Feb 15, 1571, Creuzburg – Feb 15, 1621, Wolfenbüttel), sought to put Luther’s theological ideas about music (Music and musical instruments: II, 5.c) into practice. He composed music for the entire repertoire of Lutheran worship and published his magisterial Syntagma musicum in 1614/1619 as a theoretical foundation for musical practice.

Praetorius was the son of a clergyman, who moved to Torgau in 1573. There Praetorius was taught by J. Walter’s successor, Michael Voigt. After attending the Latin school in Zerbst, he m…

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Reymaier, Erich Konstantin, “Praetorius, Michael”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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