Altenburg, Michael, German composer; b. Alach, May 27, 1584; d. Erfurt, Feb. 12, 1640. He studied theology in Erfurt (1598–1603), and then was active as a clergyman and schoolmaster. In 1609 he went to Torchtelborn, then to Gross-Sommerda in 1621, and finally to Erfurt in 1637. He publ. 16 instrumental Intraden (Erfurt, 1620), a collection of sacred and secular songs for 5, 6, and 8 Voices (3 vols., Erfurt, 1620–21), and numerous church anthems.
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