(b Nuremberg, bapt. 2 July 1581; d Nuremberg, Nov. 1634). German organist and composer. After service, from about 1604, as court organist at Bayreuth, he returned in 1611 to Nuremberg where, as organist of St Sebald's, he initiated the so-called Nuremberg School. His successors included Johann Kindermann, J. P. Krieger, and Pachelbel. With his Kirchen-Musik (1625–6) he was one of the first in Germany to provide sacred concertos for mixed vocal and instrumental resources. His output also includes solo songs, sacred and secular, and numerous individual instrumental compositions—symphonias, sonatas, and dances—which are among the finest of his time.
From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.