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Löwe von Eisenach, Johann Jakob

Löwe von Eisenach, Johann Jakob

Löwe von Eisenach, Johann Jakob, German organist and composer; b. Vienna (baptized), July 31, 1629; d. Lüneburg, Sept. 1703. After training in Vienna and Italy, he studied with Schütz in Dresden in 1652. That same year, he was named director of music at the Altenburg court. He was Kapellmeister at the courts of Wolfenbüttel (1655) and Zeitz (1663–65). In 1683 he settled in Lüneburg as organist of the church of St. Nicolai and St. Marien, eventually dying in poverty. He publ. 2 vols. of instrumental pieces (Bremen, 1658; Jena, 1664), a vol. of sacred vocal concertos (Wolfenbüttel, 1660), and 3 vols. of secular songs (Bremen, 1657; Jena, 1665; Nuremberg, 1682).

Bibliography

R. Keuschnig, J.J. L.v.E. als Instrumentalkomponist (diss., Univ. of Vienna, 1971).

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