A composer who was simply strictly thinking about music for the lute, Mertel compiled a assortment of many parts entitled “Hortus musicalis.” This collection includes more than 2 hundred and 35 preludes, and a hundred and twenty fugues and preludes. Sadly, none from the parts are ascribed to a specific composer and Mertel most likely didn’t compose some of them. It had been known that Mertel offered the Elector of Palatine until 1595 and was eventually called into program in Heidelberg to execute for diverse festivities there. In 1596 he became a resident of the town of Strasbourg and afterwards the treasurer for the academy. Mertel’s playing skills were unparalleled as he was hailed the best lutenist in every of Germany. The few extant compositions by Mertel had been dances seen as a imitation, thin harmonies, and motion in every voices.