So far in 2023, 13 million people from 200-plus countries around the world have benefitted from the Hymnary website! Thank you to all who use and all who support it with gifts of time, talent and treasure. If you feel moved to support our work today with a gift of any amount and a word of encouragement, we would be grateful. You can donate online at our secure giving site. Or, if you'd like to make a gift by check, please send it to:, Calvin University, 3201 Burton Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. May the hope, love, joy and peace of Advent be yours this day and always.

Your donation:

Michael Praetorius

Michael Praetorius
Short Name: Michael Praetorius
Full Name: Praetorius, Michael, 1571-1621
Birth Year: 1571
Death Year: 1621

Born into a staunchly Lutheran family, Michael Praetorius (b. Creuzburg, Germany, February 15, 1571; d. Wolfenbüttel, Germany, February 15, 1621) was educated at the University of Frankfort-an-der-Oder. In 1595 he began a long association with Duke Heinrich Julius of Brunswick, when he was appoint­ed court organist and later music director and secretary. The duke resided in Wolfenbüttel, and Praetorius spent much of his time at the court there, eventually establishing his own residence in Wolfenbüttel as well. When the duke died, Praetorius officially retained his position, but he spent long periods of time engaged in various musical appointments in Dresden, Magdeburg, and Halle. Praetorius produced a prodigious amount of music and music theory. His church music consists of over one thousand titles, including the sixteen-volume Musae Sionae (1605-1612), which contains Lutheran hymns in settings ranging from two voices to multiple choirs. His Syntagma Musicum (1614-1619) is a veritable encyclopedia of music and includes valuable information about the musical instruments of his time.

Bert Polman

Texts by Michael Praetorius (8)AsAuthority Languagessort descendingInstances
Diky cinim, o NejvyssiMichael Praetorius (Author)2
Jubilate Deo, Jubilate DeoMichael Praetorius, 1571-1621 (Author)English, Latin1
Ich dank' dir schon durch deinen SohnMichael Praetorius (Author)German17
O süße Seelenweide, in Jesu PassionPrätorius, g. 1571 † 1621 (Author)German1
Um deinet willen bin Ich hierMichael Praetorius (Author)German3
Wir danken Gott für Seine Gab'nMichael Prätorius (Author)German7
Ubi caritas et amorMichael Praetorius (Author)Latin1
Sobre la noche reinaM. Praetorius (Author)Spanish2
Suggestions or corrections? Contact us