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Ludecus [Lüdtke, Lüdeke], Matthäus

Walter Blankenburg

in Oxford Music Online

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

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(b Wilsnack [Bad Wilsnack], Prignitz, Sept 21, 1527; d Havelberg, Prignitz, Nov 12, 1606). German civic official, ecclesiastic and composer. Fornaçon said he was born in 1517, but this date does not accord with those of his schooling. Owing to the early death of his impecunious parents he grew up in the Wendenhof at Wilsnack, at that time the seat of the Bishop of Havelberg, Busso II von Alvensleben. In 1539 he attended the school at Perleberg, and from 1540 to 1542 that at Pritzwalk, after which, owing to ill-health, he at intervals lived again at Wilsnack. Later Busso II appointed him tutor to two of his nephews at Wittstock and subsequently clerk in his own chancellory. When, after the bishop’s death in 1548, the diocese of Havelberg adopted the reformed faith, Ludecus went to Frankfurt an der Oder for a short period of study. At Easter 1550...

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