(b Zörbig, 23 March 1599; d Hamburg, 2 July 1663). German composer. He held appointments in north-west Germany before settling in Hamburg in 1641 as Kantor at the Johanneum and civic director of music. His compositions include some 280 sacred works, among them motets marked ‘ad imitationem Orlandi’, which ‘parody’ works by Lassus. His second St John Passion (1643) was the first to involve obbligato instruments, both to provide an accompaniment and to delineate characters.
From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.