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Georg Rhau (Composer, Thomaskantor)

Born: c1488 - Eisfeld, Franconia
Died: August 6, 1548 - Wittenberg, Germany

Georg Rhau [Rhaw, Rauw] was Kantor at the Thomasschule in Leipzig till 1520, after which he settled in Eisleben as school-master.

Subsequently Georg Rhau settled in Wittenberg, where he became a printer, issuing books both in ordinary typography (including many first editions of Luther's writing) and in musical notes, including his own works: Enchiridion musices ex vaiis musicorum libris, etc. (1518, often reprinted), Enchiridion musicae mensuralis (1520), etc. He also brought out many collections of musical works. Winterfeld attributed some chorales to him.

Source: Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1952 Edition)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (December 2005)

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