Saturday, August 10, 2013
Hieronymus Praetorius composed chorals
It is the birthday of German Baroque composer Hieronymus Praetorius (1560), who wrote Masses and other choral pieces using many voices divided into several groups in the then-progressive Venetian polychoral style. He also wrote pieces for accompaniment by organ as he was an organist as well a choral director. His father Jacob was a composer as was his son, also named Jacob. Hieronymus is particularly remembered for 10 settings of the Magnificat or Canticle of Mary (eight of which survive). Here is a presentation of his Magnificat II.