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Andreas Düben (Composer)

Born: c1597 - Leipzig, or Würzen, near Leipzig, Germany
Died: July 7, 1662 - Stockholm, Sweden

Andreas [Anders (i)] Düben was a German organist and composer. When still under 13 years of age he and his brother were admitted to Leipzig University in 1609. He was a pupil of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck in Amsterdam from 1614 to 1620.

In 1620 Andreas Düben became second organist of the new Swedish court orchestra at Stockholm, engaged from Germany for the wedding of Gustav II Adolf. He soon reached a prominent position among the court musicians, being appointed conductor in 1640. Alongside his court service he became organist of two Stockholm churches, the German Church (Tyska Kyrka) in 1625 and the Great Church (Storkyrka) from 1649 or 1650. Two of his official choral compositions survive: Pugna triumphalis, written for the funeral of Gustav II Adolf in 1634 (Stockholm, 1634; edn, Stockholm, 1932) and Miserere, written for the funeral of Charles X Gustav (S-Uu; edn, Slite, 1971). Some 20 four- and five-part instrumental dances composed for the court orchestra are also extant (S-Uu; ed. in MMS, viii, 1973), as well as a few organ works (ed H.J. Moser and T. Fedtke: Allein Gott in der Höh’ sei Ehr: 20 Choralvariationen der deutschen Sweelinck-Schule, Kassel, 1953; and H.J. Moser, ed.: Choralbearbeitungen und freie Orgelstücke der deutschen Sweelinck-Schule, Kassel, 1954–5).

 

Source: Grove Music Online, © Oxford University Press 2006, acc. 3/5-06 (Authors: Bengt Kyhlberg/Bertil H. Van Boer)
Contributed by
Thomas Braatz (April 2006)

Use of Chorale Melodies in his works

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Chorale Melody

Year

5 Chorale Prelude Variations for Organ on Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr

Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr

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