(b Schwäbisch Hall, nr Stuttgart, bapt. 15 Sept. 1572; d Rothenburg ob der Tauber, 31 Oct. 1634). German composer. He was educated at the University of Tübingen, then worked as an organist in Styria and Graz before returning to Schwäbisch Hall because of his Lutheran sympathies. His next post was as organist to the Weikersheim court, and in 1613 he went to Rothenburg ob der Tauber as Kantor and organist. He remained there until he died, with his wife and daughter, of the plague. Widmann wrote sacred music to Latin as well as German texts, but he is best known for his secular works—balletts and lieder that show the Italian influence. He also published a volume of dance music for instrumental ensemble, Gantz neue Cantzon, Intraden, Balletten und Courranten (Nuremberg, 1618).
From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.