1525 - 1589 Composer of "HELFT MIR GOTT'S GÜTE" in The Cyber Hymnal Wolfgang Figulus (Composer, Thomaskantor)
Born: 1520 ? or c1525 - Naumburg (Riemann says Lübben), Germany
Died: c1591 or c1588 - Meissen, Germany
Wolfgang Figulus) [“Figulus" (Latin) = “Töpfer” (real German family name) “potter”] was Kantor of Thomaskirche in Leipzig from 1549 to 1551, then of the Princess-school in Meissen from 1551 to 1588, when he was pensioned. His son-in-law, F. Birck, became his deputy until 1591, probably the year of his death.
Wolfgang Figulus composed Precatations (1553), cantiones sacrae for 4-8 voices (1575), and published collections of songs: Amores Filii dei (4 voices), 2 books of Christmas songs, hymns with figued bass (1594 and 1605), and Elementa musica (1550; several later editions).
Source: Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1952 Edition)
Contributed by Aryeh Oron (December 2005)