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Witt, Franz Xaver
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(Feb 9, 1834, Walderbach, Bavaria – Dec 2, 1888, Landshut), German church musician. After training in Regensburg, he was ordained to the priesthood in 1856; from 1859 to 1867 he taught Gregorian chant at the Regensburg seminary. He founded the periodicals Fliegende Blätter für katholische Kirchenmusik (1866) and Musica sacra (1868), as well as the Allgemeiner Cäcilien-Verband für Deutschland (1868). He was a central figure in the movement to reform church music (“Caecilianism”) and championed a strict interpretation of liturgical church music (IV, 4.c.α).

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Boisits, Barbara, “Witt, Franz Xaver”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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