Scheidemann, Heinrich, important German organist, pedagogue, and composer; b. Wöhrden, Holstein, e. 1595; d. Hamburg, 1663. He studied with Sweelinck in Amsterdam (1611–14), and in 1629 succeeded his father as organist at the Katharinenkirche in Hamburg, holding that post until his death. Among his students was J.A. Reinken, who became his assistant in 1658 and his successor at his death. Scheidemann excelled especially as a composer of organ music. See G. Fock and W. Breig, eds., Heinrich Scheidemann: Orgelwerke (1967–71).
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