Severus Gastorius

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Severus Gastorius (1647-1682) was a cantor in Jena, central Germany.

The son of a Weimar school teacher, Severus was born with the family name Bauchspiess (later Latinised to Gastorius) in Oettern, near Weimar. In 1667, he started studying at the University of Jena. From 1670, he deputized for cantor Andreas Zöll in Jena and married his daughter the following year. Gastorius assumed Zöll's position after his death in 1677.[1][2] One of his friends, Samuel Rodigast, wrote the hymn "Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan" for Gastorius when he was sick (to cheer him up as Rodigast writes in his dedication). Even before he recovered, Gastorius set it to music based on a melody by Werner Fabricius. The tune became widely known in Germany as the cantor students of Jena cantor sang it every week at Gastorius' door as well as when they returned home. Gastorius was buried on 8 May 1682 in Jena's Johanniskirche cemetery. Gastorius had requested that the hymn "Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan" be sung at his funeral.

Gastorius is also credited with composing music for the funeral motet Du aber gehe hin bis das Ende komme. It was sung at the funeral of the Jena professor of medicine Johann Arnold Friderici on 2 June 1672.[3]


The article is largely based on Wikipedia's Swedish version.

  1. ^ "Severus Gastorius (Composer)", Bach Cantatas Website. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
  2. ^ Markus Rathey, "Severus Gastorius", in: Finscher, Ludwig (Hg.), Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, Bd. 7, Personalteil, 2. Aufl., Kassel 2002, p. 602 et seq.
  3. ^ Arne zur Nieden, "Severus Gastorius (1646–1682)", Forschungsstelle für Personalschriften, Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz. (German) Retrieved 13 September 2012.

External links[edit]


  • Reinhold Jauernig, Severus Gastorius, in: Jahrbuch für Liturgik und Hymnologie (de) 8, 1963, p. 163 et seq. (German)
  • Siegfried Fornaçon, Werke von Severus Gastorius, in: Jahrbuch für Liturgik und Hymnologie 8, 1963, p. 165-171. (German)