Michael Franck

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Engraving of Franck c. 1660, with punning caption in Latin "Michael Francus, born a freeman (francus) of Schleusingen in the year 1609 on March 16"

Michael Franck (16 March 1609 – 24 September 1667) was a German baker, teacher, poet, composer and Protestant hymnwriter. 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. There, he 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. ^ "Michael Franck". Landesbibliothek Coburg. Retrieved 9 June 2013.[permanent dead link]