Neumark, Georg

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Neumark, Georg

Neumark, Georg, German poet, novelist, viol player, and composer; b. Langensalza, March 3, 1621; d. Weimar, July 8, 1681. He studied in Schleusingen and Gotha, leading a wandering life until settling at the Weimar court as a chancellor and librarian. He wrote both sacred and secular poetry, many texts being set to his own music. His most important collection was pubi, as Georg Neumarks...Poetisch- und musikalisches Lustwäldchen (Hamburg, 1652; aug. ed., Jena, 1657, as Fortepflan-zter musikalisch poetischen Lustwald). His hymns Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten and Ich lass Gott in allem walten have become standard Lutheran chorales, the former being used by Bach in his cantata BWV 197.


F. Knauth, G. N., Leben und Dichten (Langensalza, 1881).

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