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Composer Michael Praetorius

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1571 - 1621

German music theorist and composer whose Syntagma musicum (1614-20) is a principal source for knowledge of early-17th-century music and organology (musical instrument study), and whose settings of Lutheran chorales are important examples of early 17th-century religious music.  He was a contemporary and associate of Heinrich Sch├╝tz, with whom he championed the new Italian style of composition. His sole surviving secular work is the collection of dances entitled Terpsichore.  (Read more - Wikipedia article.)


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