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Witt, Franz Xaver

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Author(s): Boisits, Barbara
[German Version] (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). Barbar…

Tallis, Thomas

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Author(s): Boisits, Barbara
[German Version] (c. 1505 – Nov 20 or 23, 1585, Greenwich, near London), English composer and organist. Having served as organist at the Benedictine abbey in Dover, St. Mary-at-Hill in London, the Augustinian Abbey of the Holy Cross in Waltham (Essex), and Canterbury Cathedral, around 1543 he was appointed gentleman of the Chapel Royal in London, where he served as organist until his death (a position shared with W. Byrd after 1572). Tallis was particularly noted for his skill at counterpoint. He …
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