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Philipp Avenarius (Composer)

Born: c1553 - Lichtenstein, near Zwickau, Saxony, Germany
Died: in or after 1610

Philipp Avenarius [Habermann] was a German composer and organist. He is first heard of as an organist at Amorbach, Odenwald, in 1570 and until February 1571. The dedication of his Cantiones sacrae (1572) was written from Falkenau, Bohemia, where his father was working. According to Gerber he was later an organist at Altenburg and then, until 1610, at the Michaeliskirche, Zeitz. He was one of a number of minor composers working in Saxony and Thuringia in the latter half of the 16th century. His output was less varied than, for example, that of Johann Steurlein, but the pieces in his Cantiones sacrae were highly regarded by his contemporaries, as is shown by the praise accorded them by Christoph Schultze. The style of his motets is conservative, as was his preference for Latin texts.


Cantiones sacrae, 5vv (Nuremberg, 1572)
Devota acclamatio novis honoribus, 6vv (
Jena, 1608)
20 other sacred works D-Bsb, Rp, Z, PL-WRu


Source: Grove Music Online, © Oxford University Press 2006, acc. 9/7/06 (Author: August Scharnagl)
Contributed by
Thomas Braatz (August 2006)

Use of Chorale Melodies in his works


Chorale Melody


Vater unser im Himmelreich A Setting for 5 Voices

Vater unser im Himmelreich

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A. Werner: Städtische und fürstliche Musikpflege in Zeitz bis zum Anfang des 19. Jahrhunderts (Bückeburg and Leipzig, 1922)
E.F. Schmid: Die Orgeln der Abtei Amorbach (Buchen, 1938)
R. Quoika: ‘Christoph Harant von Polschitz und seine Zeit’, Mf, vii (1954), 414–29, esp. 419
R. Quoika: Die Musik der Deutschen in Böhnen und Mähren (Berlin, 1956)
G. Pietzsch: ‘Orgelbauer, Orgeln und Orgelspiel in Deutschland bis zum Ende des 16. Jahrhunderts’, Mf, xi (1958), 307–15, esp. 311

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