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Johann Crüger (9 April 1598 – 23 February 1662) was a German composer of well-known hymns.
Crüger was born in Groß Breesen (now part of
Guben) as the son of an innkeeper. He studied at the Lateinschule in Guben until 1613, after which he traveled to Sorau and Breslau and finally to Regensburg, where he received his first musical training from Paulus Homberger. In 1615 he traveled to Berlin, where he studied theology at the Berlinisches Gymnasium zum Grauen Kloster. In 1616 he was engaged as a house tutor to the von Blumenthal family; his pupils included Joachim Friedrich von Blumenthal. From 1620 he studied theology at the University of Wittenberg and trained himself further in music through private study. From 1622 to his death, a period of 40 years, he was simultaneously a teacher at the gymnasium Zum Grauen Kloster and cantor of the Nikolaikirche in Berlin.
Crüger composed numerous concert works and wrote extensively on music education. In 1643 he became acquainted with the famous hymn writer
Paul Gerhardt, for whom he wrote the music for various hymns. In 1647 he edited the most important German Lutheran hymnal of the 17th century, . He died in Berlin. Praxis pietatis melica
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List of hymns by Martin Luther "
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" "
Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein" "
Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid" "
Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir" "
Christ lag in Todes Banden" "
Es ist das Heil uns kommen her" "
Es ist ein Ros entsprungen" "
Geh aus, mein Herz, und suche Freud" "
Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ" "
God's Word Is Our Great Heritage" "
Herr Christ, der einig Gotts Sohn" "
Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, o Herr" "
Herzliebster Jesu" "
Herr Gott, dich loben wir" "
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, der den Tod überwand" "
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, der von uns den Gotteszorn wandt" "
Jesus Loves Me" "
Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott" "
Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin" "
Nun bitten wir den Heiligen Geist" "
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland" "
Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren" "
Now Thank We All Our God" "
O Sacred Head, Now Wounded" "
O Welt, sieh hier dein Leben"
Passion Hymns "
Valet will ich dir geben" "
Vater unser im Himmelreich" "
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" "
Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern" "
Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält" "
Was willst du dich betrüben"