Paminger, Leonhard

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Paminger, Leonhard

Paminger, Leonhard, Austrian composer; b. Aschach an der Donau, March 25,1495; d. Passau, May 3, 1567. His education commenced in Vienna in 1505, where he matriculated at the Univ. (1513–16) and sang in the Stadtkantorei at St. Stephen’s. As a composer, he was autodidact. In 1516 he settled in Passau and soon became schoolmaster at St. Nikola’s. In 1529 he became its Rektor, a position he lost when he espoused the Lutheran faith in 1557. However, he was allowed to retain the position of secretary there until his death. Paminger’s music was widely known in his day, and was included in various French and Italian anthologies. Among his works were Latin antiphons, responsories, motets, Psalms, and hymns, as well as German Lutheran hymns.


C. Hirsch, De vita P. orum commentarius (Oettingen, c. 1764); I. Roth, L. P.: Ein Beitrag zur deutschen Musikgeschichte des 16. Jahrhunderts (Munich, 1935).

—Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire