Michael Franck

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Michael Franck (16 March 1609 – 24 September 1667) was a German baker, teacher, poet, and composer. He was born in Schleusingen, and died in Coburg.

Franck initially established a career as a baker. Although he was fairly successful, "he became completely impoverished, because of nocturnal thefts and plunders of his house".[1] He moved to Coburg and began teaching, and also wrote hymns and poems.


Franck's hymns have been incorporated into compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Philipp Telemann.[2]

Franck's hymn "Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig" was the base for Bach's chorale cantata Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig, BWV 26.


  1. ^ "Michael Franck". bach-cantatas. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  2. ^ franck.pdf "Michael Franck" Check |url= value (help) (PDF). Landesbibliothek Coburg. Retrieved 9 June 2013.