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Bartholomäus Gesius

A student on the School of Frankfurt an der Oder (1575), Gesius was within Wittenberg by 1588 where he published his “St John Interest.” He was provided a posture as the Kantor on the Cathedral of Mary (Marienkirche) in Frankfurt which he recognized until his loss of life in 1613. He was students of either Zacharias (organist) or Lange (Kantor) from the Marienkirche. Gesius certainly inspired Praetorius as Scandello inspired him. He advocated the alteration of textual configurations in his “Geistliche deutsch Lieder” (Religious German Music) which found its apex in the music of Praetorius. The music of Gesius was up to date with the humanist custom of Lutheran theology (most likely in the type of Melancthon). Most of Gesius’ compositions had been for the cathedral and he helped in the continuation from the Xmas custom, that extended back again to the Middle Age range, through his Magnificats. The “St Matthew Interest” was also among Gesius’ more essential works (greatest illustrative of the motet interest).

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