(b Driesen, nr Frankfurt an der Oder, 7 Jan. 1634; d Dresden, 30 June 1666). German composer. He was one of the greatest songwriters of his time. While studying at Leipzig he founded the university musical society, and in 1655 he became organist at the Nikolaikirche. After failing to gain the post of Thomaskantor in 1657 he moved to Dresden, where he served as organist to the electoral chapel until his death. With his Arien (1657–67) he provided a vast treasury of songs for solo voice, or small ensemble, and continuo.
From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.