Johann Rosenmüller

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Johann Rosenmüller (1619 – 10 September 1684) was a German Baroque composer, who played a part in transmitting Italian musical styles to the north.


Rosenmüller was born in Oelsnitz, near Plauen in Saxony.[1] He studied at the University of Leipzig, graduating in 1640.[2] He served as organist of the Nikolaikirche Leipzig from 1651, and had been assured of advancement to cantor.[1] He became director of music in absentia to the Altenburg court in 1654.[1]

In 1655 he was accused of homosexual activities with choirboys.[1] To avoid prison, he fled to Italy and, by 1658, was employed at Saint Mark's in Venice.[1] He composed many vocal works while teaching at an orphanage for girls (Ospedale della Pietà), between 1678 and 1682.[1] The works of Giovanni Legrenzi were among his Italian influences[citation needed] and his sacred compositions show the influence of Heinrich Schütz.[citation needed]

In his last years, Rosenmüller returned to Germany with Duke Anton-Ulrich of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, at whose court he served as choir master.[3] He died in Wolfenbüttel on 10 September 1684, and is buried there.

Selected works[edit]

Kern-Sprüche mehrentheils aus heiliger Schrifft Altes und Neues Testaments (Core sentences, mostly from holy scriptures Old and New Testament), Leipzig (1648)

  • Aeterne Deus, clementissime Pater, 1v, 2 str, bc
  • Christum lieb haben, 3vv, 2 str, bc
  • Coeli enarrant gloriam Dei, 3vv, 2 str, bc
  • Danket dem Herren und prediget, 2vv, 2 str, bc
  • Danksaget dem Vater, 5vv, 2 str, bc
  • Daran ist erschienen die Liebe Gottes, 5vv, 2 str, bc
  • Das ist das ewige Leben, 3vv, bc
  • Das ist ein köstlich Ding, 2vv, 5 str, bc
  • Die Augen des Herren, 4vv, 2 str, bc
  • Ein Tag in deinen Vorhöfen, 3vv, 2 str, bc
  • Habe deine Lust an dem Herren, 1v, 5 str, bc
  • Hebet eure Augen auf gen Himmel, 2vv, 2 str, bc
  • In te Domine speravi, 4vv, 2 str, bc
  • Lieber Herr Gott, 1v, 3 str/brass, bc
  • Mater Jerusalem, civitas sancta Dei, 2vv, 2 str, bc
  • Meine Seele harret nur auf Gott, 3vv, 2 str, bc
  • O admirabile commercium, 2vv, 4 str/brass, bc
  • O Domine Jesu Christe, adoro te, 3vv, bc
  • O nomen Jesu, nomen dulce, 4vv, bc
  • Treiffet ihr Himmel von oben, 1v, 2 str, bc

Andere Kern-Sprüche (Other core sentences), Leipzig (1652–1653)

  • Also hat Gott die Welt geliebet, 5vv, 5 str/brass, bc;
  • Amo te Deus meus amore magno, 2vv, 4 str/brass, bc;
  • Christum ducem, qui per crucem, 1v, 2 str, bc;
  • Das ist meine Freude, 1v, 2 str, bc;
  • Der Name des Herren, 5vv, 2 str, bc;
  • Die Gnade unseres Herren Jesu Christi, 4vv, bc;
  • Domine Deus meus, 2vv, 2 str, bc;
  • Herr mein Gott, ich danke dir, 3vv, 2 str, bc;
  • Herr, wenn ich nur dich habe, 1v, 5 str, bc;
  • Ich bin das Brod des Lebens, 3vv, 2 str, bc;
  • Ich hielte mich nicht dafür, 4vv, bc;
  • Ist Gott für uns, 1v, 5 str, bc;
  • Kündlich gross ist das gottselige Geheimnis, 3vv, bc;
  • O dives omnium bonarum dapum, 1v, 3 str/brass, bc;
  • O dulcis Christe, bone Jesu charitas, 2vv, 3 str/brass, bc;
  • Siehe an die Wercke Gottes, 5vv, 5 str/brass, bc;
  • Siehe des Herren Auge, 3vv, 2 str, bc;
  • Vulnera Jesu Christi, 1v, 2 str, bc;
  • Wahrlich, wahrlich ich sage euch, 4vv, 2 str, bc;
  • Weil wir wissen, dass der Mensch, 3vv, 2 str, bc

Selected recordings[edit]

  • Sinfonias No. 1, 2, 4 Jordi Savall Astree
  • Vespers (2CD) Cantus Cölln Konrad Junghänel 1996 HMC
  • Weihnachtshistorie Cantus Cölln Junghänel HMC
  • Sacri Concerti Cantus Cölln Junghänel 1994 DHM
  • Deutsche Geistliche Konzerte: Siehe an die Werke Gottes. Entsetze dich Natur. Arno Paduch 2000 Christophorus Records
  • Instrumental & Vocal works. The King's Noyse. HMU
  • Requiem (2CD) Musica Fiata Roland Wilson. Sony
  • Lamentations. Ingrid Schmidthüsen Parnassi Musici CPO 1999
  • Lamentations. Klaus Wünderlich (SWR)(SWR recordings 1956–58)
  • Dixit Dominus; Lauda Sion; Nisi Dominus; Magnificat. La Soranza, Trinity Baroque, Wiesbadener Knabenchor, Arno Paduch Amati 1996
  • Jube Domine; In te Domine speravi; Qui habitat in adjutorio; Ecce nunc benedicite; Exurge gloria mea; Nunc dimittis; Salve regina. Paduch Christophorus 2009
  • Beatus Vir; Jubilate Deo; Misericordias Domini; Coelestes Spiritus; Nisi Dominus;Salve mi Jesu Sonatas Raquel Andueza, Wolf Matthias Friedrich, Gli Incogniti, Amandine Beyer. Zig-Zag
  • Lo Zuane Tedeso Estote fortes in bello; Surgamus ad laudes; O dives omnium bonarum; Ego te laudo; In te Domine speravi; Laudate pueri Dominum; Salve Regina I fedeli PAN
  • Vox Dilecti Mei O Salvator dilectissime; Christum ducem qui per crucem; In te Domine speravi; O dives omnium bonarum; Vox dilecti mei; O anima mea suspira ardenter Sonatas Alex Potter, Chelycus Ensemble Ramee


  1. ^ a b c d e f Randel, Don Michael (1996). The Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music. Harvard University Press. p. 762. ISBN 978-0-674-37299-3. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  2. ^ Mackenzie, Sir Compton; Stone, Christopher (2005). The gramophone. C. Mackenzie. p. 29. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  3. ^ Greene, David Mason (1985). Greene's Biographical Encyclopedia of Composers. Reproducing Piano Roll Fnd. p. 134. ISBN 978-0-385-14278-6. Retrieved 18 July 2012.

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