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Leonhard Schroeter (Composer)

Born: c1532 (or c1540) - Torgau, Germany
Died: c1601 (or 1595) - Magdeburg?, Germany

The German composer and Kantor, Leonhard [Leonard, Leonhart] Schroeter [Schröter], became Kantor at Latin schools in Saalfeld in 1561. In about 1564 he became Kantor of the cathedral of Magdeburg, in succession to Gallus Dressler, also a composer of some importance.

One of the best German composers of his time, Leonhard Schroeter published motets, German sacred songs, and collections of Christmas music and of hymns. His chief work is Hymni sacri, Erfurt, 1587, and consists of 4- and 5-part settings of those Latin church hymns which had been received into the worship of the Lutheran Church. Winterleld says of these hymns that they belong to the best musical works of the time; the harmony is rich, clear and dignified, and shows an unmistakable advance on the path of the older masters. They are in the same style as the hymns of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and Victoria, only the choral melody is mostly given to ,the upper voice. Some of these hymns, as well as some of the German psalms of Gallus DressIer, Schroeter's predecessor, are republished in Schöberlein and Riegel's Schatz des liturgischen Chorgesangs, Göttingen, 1868-1672. Earlier publications of hymn-tunes by Schroeter were published in 1562, 1576, 1584, etc. Four Weihnachts-Liedlein by Schroeter are received into the repertory of the Berlin Dom-Chor, and are published in Schlesinger's Musica sacra, No. 11. A German Te Deum for double choir by Schroeter, originally published in 1576, has been printed by Otto Kade in the Notenbeilagen to Ambros's Gesch. der Musik, No. 28. His Te Deum of 1571 shows familiarity with the most modern Venetian styles.


Source: Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1952 Edition, Author: J.R. Milne); HOASM Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (December 2005)

Use of Chorale Melodies in his works


Chorale Melody


Allein Gott in der Höh sei Her, 4-pt. vocal setting

Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr


Te Deum laudamus (deutsch) componiret durch Leonhartum Schoetern, Octo auf zween Chor, Anno Domini

Herr Gott, dich loben wir [The German Tedeum]


Der schöne Lobgesang Te Deum laudamus durch D. Martin Luther verdeutscht, for 8 voices

Herr Gott, dich loben wir [The German Tedeum]


Canticum sanctorum Ambrosii et Augustini Te Deum laudamus, for 8 voices, incomplete

Herr Gott, dich loben wir [The German Tedeum]


4-pt. setting of Lobt Gott, ihr Christen, allzugleich

Lobt Gott, ihr Christen, allzugleich


Links to other Sites

HOASM: Leonhard Schr–ter




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