Schramm, Melchior

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Schramm, Melchior

Schramm, Melchior, esteemed German organist and composer; b. Munsterberg, Silesia, c. 1553; d. Offen-burg, Baden, Sept. 6, 1619. After serving as a chorister in the Hofkapelle of Archduke Ferdinand of the Tirol, he was awarded a scholarship to study with the Innsbruck court organist, Servatius Rorif. In 1571–72 he was organist at a Halle convent; after serving as organist (1574–1605) and Kapellmeister (1574–94) at the Sigmarigen court, he was civic organist at Offenburg’s Heilig Kreuz Kirche (from 1605). His works include 3 vols, of motets (1576, 1606, 1612) and a vol. of German madrigals (1579).

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