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Praetorius, Michael (1571-1621)  

Michael Praetorius

born: 15 February 1571
died: 15 February 1621
country: Germany

Michael Praetorius was born on 15 February 1571 at Creuzberg an der Werra near Eisenach, the son of a Lutheran pastor. His family moved to Torgau when he was a small child, though throughout his life he referred to himself as ‘M.P.C.’—Michael Praetorius Creuzbergensis. He was educated in Frankfurt an der Oder and Zerbst, and in 1587 became organist of St Marien in Frankfurt. In 1595 he entered the service of Duke Heinrich Julius of Brunswick in Wolfenbüttel and was made Kapellmeister in 1604. Shortly afterwards he also began to work for Landgrave Moritz of Hesse at Kassel, and after Duke Heinrich Julius’s death in 1613 spent several years working for the Elector of Saxony in Dresden. By this time he was one of the most famous musicians in Germany, and worked at various times over the next few years at Magdeburg, Halle, Sonderhausen, Kassel, Leipzig, Nuremberg and Bayreuth. However, he continued as Kapellmeister at the Wolfenbüttel court, and died there on his fiftieth birthday, 15 February 1621.

Praetorius devoted most of his life to church music. He published more than twenty collections, mostly of settings of Lutheran chorales, and a number of others are known to have existed in manuscript. He also planned a series of collections of secular music named after the various Greek muses, including Euterpe (Italian and English dances), Thalia (toccatas and canzonas) and Erato (German secular songs). Unfortunately, in the event he managed to publish only one, Terpsichore, musarum aoniarum quinta (Wolfenbüttel, 1612), consisting of 312 dances in four, five and six parts.

from notes by Peter Holman

Albums
'Praetorius: Christmas Music' (CDH55446)
Praetorius: Christmas Music
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55446  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Praetorius: Dances from Terpsichore' (CDA67240)
Praetorius: Dances from Terpsichore
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'Christmas through the ages' (NOEL1)
Christmas through the ages
MP3 £4.50FLAC £4.50ALAC £4.50 NOEL1  Super-budget price sampler — Download only  
On other labels
'Christmas Carols and Motets' (CDGIM010)
Christmas Carols and Motets
'Christmas with The Tallis Scholars' (CDGIM202)
Christmas with The Tallis Scholars
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99Buy by post £11.75 CDGIM202  2CDs for the price of 1  
Complete works available for download
Ballet des coqs The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Ballet du Roy pour sonner apres The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Bransle de villages The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Courante 'Grimstock' The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Courante 'Light of love' The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Courante 'Packington's Pound' The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Dances from Terpsichore The Parley of Instruments
Dances from Terpsichore The Parley of Instruments
Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor), Deborah Roberts (soprano)
Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen Westminster Cathedral Choir, The Parley of Instruments, David Hill (conductor)
La bourrée The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
La canarie The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
La sarabande The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Nun helft mir Gottes Güte schon preisen Westminster Cathedral Choir, The Parley of Instruments, David Hill (conductor)
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland Westminster Cathedral Choir, The Parley of Instruments, David Hill (conductor)
Pavane de Spaigne The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Puer natus in Bethlehem 'Ein Kind geborn' Westminster Cathedral Choir, The Parley of Instruments, David Hill (conductor)
Pueri nostri concinite 'Singet und klinget' Westminster Cathedral Choir, The Parley of Instruments, David Hill (conductor)
Quem pastores laudavere Westminster Cathedral Choir, The Parley of Instruments, David Hill (conductor)
Spagnoletta The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Vom Himmel hoch Westminster Cathedral Choir, The Parley of Instruments, David Hill (conductor)
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern Westminster Cathedral Choir, The Parley of Instruments, David Hill (conductor)
ANONYMOUS - TRADITIONAL
Ballet The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Ballet des Baccanales – Ballet des feus – Ballet des matelotz The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Courante 'Battaglia' The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Courante 'Wilson's Wild' The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
THOMAS CAMPION  (1567-1620)
Courante 'I care not for these ladies' The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
PIERRE FRANCISQUE CAROUBEL  (d1611)
Bransle simple The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Bransles The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Gaillarde 284 The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Gaillarde 285 The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Passameze The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
JOHN DOWLAND  (1563-1626)
Courante 'Mistris Winter's Jump' The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Ballet (Anon/Praetorius)
Ballet des Baccanales – Ballet des feus – Ballet des matelotz (Anon/Praetorius)
Ballet des coqs (Praetorius)
Ballet du Roy pour sonner apres (Praetorius)
Bransle de villages (Praetorius)
Bransle simple (Caroubel/Praetorius)
Bransles (Caroubel/Praetorius)
Courante 'Battaglia' (Anon/Praetorius)
Courante 'Grimstock' (Praetorius)
Courante 'I care not for these ladies' (Campion/Praetorius)
Courante 'Light of love' (Praetorius)
Courante 'Mistris Winter's Jump' (Dowland/Praetorius)
Courante 'Packington's Pound' (Praetorius)
Courante 'Wilson's Wild' (Anon/Praetorius)
Dances from Terpsichore (Praetorius/Caroubel)
Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen (Praetorius)
Gaillarde 284 (Caroubel/Praetorius)
Gaillarde 285 (Caroubel/Praetorius)
La bourrée (Praetorius)
La canarie (Praetorius)
La sarabande (Praetorius)
Nun helft mir Gottes Güte schon preisen (Praetorius)
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (Praetorius)
Passameze (Caroubel/Praetorius)
Pavane de Spaigne (Praetorius)
Puer natus in Bethlehem 'Ein Kind geborn' (Praetorius)
Pueri nostri concinite 'Singet und klinget' (Praetorius)
Quem pastores laudavere (Praetorius)
Spagnoletta (Praetorius)
Vom Himmel hoch (Praetorius)
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Praetorius/Bach)
Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (Praetorius)
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