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Avenarius [Habermann], Philipp

August Scharnagl

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Lichtenstein, nr Zwickau, c1553; d in or after 1610). German composer and organist. He is first heard of as an organist at Amorbach, Odenwald, in 1570 and until February 1571. The dedication of his Cantiones sacrae (1572) was written from Falkenau, Bohemia, where his father was working. According to Gerber he was later an organist at Altenburg and then, until 1610, at the Michaeliskirche, Zeitz. He was one of a number of minor composers working in Saxony and Thuringia in the latter half of the 16th century. His output was less varied than, for example, that of Johann Steuerlein, but the pieces in his Cantiones sacrae were highly regarded by his contemporaries, as is shown by the praise accorded them by Christoph Schultze. The style of his motets is conservative, as was his preference for Latin texts.

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