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Lutheran Music of the 16th Century
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Early collections of choir music drew on the work of both Catholic and Lutheran composers. Among others, they included Johann Walter, the first cantor of the Lutheran church, and lesser-known composers such as:

  • Thomas Stolzer.
  • Balthasar Resinarius.
  • Ludwig Senfl.
  • Sixtus Dietrich.
  • Arnold von Bruck.

The second half of the 16th century saw significant contributions from composers such as:

  • Leonard Schroeter.
  • Joachim a Burck.
  • Leonard Lechner.
  • Johannes Eccard.
  • Gallus Dressler.
  • Seth Calvisius.

Among those setting the course for Lutheran music in the early 1500s, two musicians stand out for their unique contributions. The first is Johann Walter (1496-1570), Luther's friend and musical adviser. He was the first cantor

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