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MICHAEL PRAETORIUS  

(1571 - 1621)

In the 1590s Michael Praetorius settled in Wolfenbüttel as organist to Duke Heinrich Julius of Brunswick Wolfenbüttel and was later appointed court Kapellmeister. In 1613 he moved temporarily to Dresden, at the request of the Elector of Saxony, returning to Wolfenbüttel in 1616 although continuing to undertake other work, not least in the reorganisation of musical establishments. His writings on music include the important Syntagma musicum, the second volume of which gives useful information on the musical instruments of his time.

Church Music

Descended from a family of strict Lutheran persuasion, Praetorius based a great deal of his music on Lutheran hymns and on the Latin Lutheran liturgy of the time. His Musae Sioniae, in nine parts, contains a variety of Lutheran church music, polyphonic and homophonic. It contains a number of works which have become a moderately familiar part of today’s choral and hymn repertoire, in particular the familiar carol Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (‘A Rose has Grown’), In dulci jubilo and Puer natus in Bethlehem (‘A Boy is born in Bethlehem’).

Instrumental Music

Instrumental music by Michael Praetorius is confined to his collection of dances, Terpsichore. A set of organ chorales is included in the seventh book of Musae Sioniae.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
Celebration of Christmas Naxos 8.503003
Christmas Boxed Set Naxos 8.505023
CHRISTMAS Danske Julesalmer og Sange (Danish Christmas Hymns) Naxos 8.502001

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS SONGS (Bavarian Radio Chorus) Oehms Classics
OC535
Choral - Sacred
ALLELUJA NATIVITAS - Canti di Natale (Christmas Songs) Tactus
TC900002
Choral - Sacred
ANDERSON, L.: Christmas Festival (A) / Carol Arrangements (Leroy Anderson and His Orchestra) (1952, 1955) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80765
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
ANGEL VOICES - The Boys' Choirs Christmas Celebration Capriccio
C7069
Choral - Sacred
Art and Music: Rembrandt - Music of His Time Naxos
8.558118
Chamber Music
BAROQUE FAVOURITES Naxos
8.550102
Orchestral
BENEDICTUS - Classical Music for Reflection and Meditation Naxos
8.556705
Chamber Music
BEREDEN VAG - Christmas-songs BIS
BIS-NL-CD-5007
Choral - Sacred
BEST OF LOS ANGELES GUITAR QUARTET (THE) Delos
DE1607
Instrumental
BOYS GOTTA DANCE! Delos
DE1623
Instrumental
CANDLELIGHT CAROLS BIS
BIS-NL-CD-5028
Choral - Sacred
Chamber Music - MORLEY, T. / D'URFEY, T. / HOLMES, M. / PURCELL, H. / AKEROYDE, S. (The Best of the Baltimore Consort) (Baltimore Consort) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90023
Chamber Music
Chamber Music – PLAYFORD, J. / MCFARLANE, R. / PRAETORIUS, M. / NEGRI, C. / JOHNSON, J. (Gut Wind and Wire) (Baltimore Consort) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-90601
Chamber Music
Chamber Music (Renaissance) – PRAETORIUS, M. / GALILEI, V. / HAUSSMANN, V. / WIDMANN, E. / SCHEIN, J.H. (Folie Douce) (Doulce Memoire) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90262
Chamber Music
CHANGE OF WORLDS (A) (Ensemble Galilei) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92153
Chamber Music
Choral Concert (Christmas): Elora Festival Singers (The Wonder of Christmas) Naxos
8.573421
Choral - Sacred
Choral Concert: Leif Strands Ladies Choir - HANDEL, G.F. / WIHELMSSON, B. / ROSEN, A. / GRUBER, F.X. / WADE, J.F. (Ett barn ar fott) Naxos
8.570430
Choral - Sacred
Choral Concert: Norwegian Soloists' Choir - PRAETORIUS, M. / FAGERHEIM, O.O. / NØRGÅRD, P. / NORDQUIST, G. (Rós - Songs of Christmas) BIS
BIS-2029
Choral - Sacred
Choral Music - DUPRE, M. / MULET, H. / RHEINBERGER, J. / FARRELL, B. / LANGLAIS, J. / WARLOCK, P. / HOWELLS, H. / KELLAM, I. Delos
DE3129
Choral - Sacred
Choral Music (Baroque 16th Century) - GABRIELI, G. / SCHUTZ, H. / PRAETORIUS, M. / MONTEVERDI, C. Capriccio
C10409
Choral - Sacred
Choral Music (Sacred) - BACH, J.S. / SCHUBERT, F. / ZELENKA, J.D. / SCHEIN, J.H. / HANDEL, G.F. / SCHUTZ, H. / BRUCKNER, A. / SCHUBERT, F. Capriccio
C49337
Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular
CHRISTMAS - A Classic Christmas: Songs of Praise Naxos
8.555292
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS - Merry Christmas Amadis
7151
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS (German) (Drei Schiffe sah ich segeln nach Bethlehem!) (Singer Pur) Oehms Classics
OC825
Vocal Ensemble
CHRISTMAS BY THE BAY (San Francisco Symphony Chorus, George) Delos
DE3238
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS CAROLS AROUND THE WORLD (Vienna Boys Choir) Capriccio
C10594
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS Ceremony of Carols (A) (Martinec) ArcoDiva
UP0070-2
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS CHORAL CONCERT - HANDEL, G.F. / MOZART, W.A. / BACH, J.S. / PRAETORIUS, M. / GRUBER, F.X. / BACH, J.C.F. / ADAM, A. Capriccio
C49105
Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS CHORAL MUSIC Capriccio
C10468
Choral - Secular
CHRISTMAS CHORAL MUSIC - A Winter's Light (Vasari Singers, Ford, Backhouse) Naxos
8.573030
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS CHORAL MUSIC - HANDEL, G.F. / BACH, J.S. / TAUBERT, W. / PRAETORIUS, M. / GRUBER, F.X. / HIMMEL, F.H. / KLUG, J. Capriccio
C10542
Choral - Secular
CHRISTMAS CONCERT (Stille Nacht) Capriccio
C10487
Choral - Secular
CHRISTMAS Ensemble 96: Det lyser i stille grender (It shines in the silent streets) Naxos
8.554496
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS FESTIVE CONCERT - BACH, J.S. / HANDEL, G.F. / PRAETORIUS, M. / MANFREDINI, F.O. / MENDELSSOHN, Felix / GABRIELI, G. Capriccio
C49310
Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred
Christmas Goes Baroque 1 Naxos
8.550301
Orchestral
CHRISTMAS IN THE ALPS (Spreitzer) Capriccio
C10799
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS Julstamning - De klassiska melodierna och de alskade sangerna (Christmas Spirit - The Classic Melodies and Beloved Songs) Naxos
8.503157
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS MEDITATION Capriccio
C7073
Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS MUSIC BIS
BIS-CD-177
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS MUSIC (Bright Day Star - Music for the Yuletide Season) (Baltimore Consort) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90198
Instrumental
CHRISTMAS MUSIC FROM FINLAND BIS
BIS-CD-947
Orchestral
CHRISTMAS MUSIC FROM SWEDEN BIS
BIS-CD-533
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS SONGS (Dresdner Kreuzchor, Flamig) Capriccio
C10874
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS SONGS (In dulci jubilo) (Lautten Compagney, Kohler) Capriccio
C10490
Vocal, Chamber Music
CHRISTMAS SONGS (Krippenlieder) Capriccio
C10763
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS SONGS (Leipzig Thomaner Choir, Rotzsch Capriccio
C10876
Choral - Secular
CHRISTMAS SONGS (Orphei Dranger, Alin) BIS
BIS-CD-1833
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS WITH THE VIENNA BOYS CHOIR Capriccio
C5160
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS WITH WINCHESTER COLLEGE CHAPEL CHOIR Naxos
8.557965
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS WITH WINCHESTER COLLEGE CHAPEL CHOIR (NTSC) Naxos
2.110512
Classical Concert
DESPREZ, F. / BOZZA / PRAETORIUS: Trombone Music BIS
BIS-CD-604
Chamber Music
German Organ Music, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.550964
Instrumental
German Organ Music, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.550965
Instrumental
HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING - Famous Christmas Carols (Bavarian Radio Chorus, F. Helgath) BR-Klassik
900507
Choral - Sacred
JOCULATORES UPSALIENSES: Four Seasons (The) BIS
BIS-CD-75
Choral - Secular
LUNDS STUDENTSANGARE: Stralande Jul (Radiant Christmas) Naxos
8.570305
Choral - Sacred
MADRID ATRIUM MUSICAE: Three Centuries of La Spagna BIS
BIS-CD-163
Chamber Music
Medieval Music - BUSNOYS, A. / GESUALDO, C. / MONTEVERDI, C. / GIBBONS, O. / BULL, J. / PRAETORIUS, M. (Angels of Antiquity) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90009
Chamber Music
MILANO, F. da: Spagna contrapunto / PRAETORIUS, M.: Spagnoletta / VERARDI, C. Historia Baetica (La Spagna) (Madrid Atrium Musicae, Paniagua) BIS
BIS-SACD-1963
Chamber Music
NAXOS BOOK OF CAROLS (THE) Naxos
8.557330
Choral - Sacred
PRAETORIUS, M.: Puer natus in Bethlehem (Renaissance Christmas Music) BIS
BIS-CD-1035
Choral - Sacred
PRAETORIUS, M.: Quem pastores laudavere / BACH, J.S.: In dulci Jubilo / ECCARD, J.: Ubers Gebirg Maria geht (Flamig, Stier) Capriccio
C10062
Choral - Sacred
PRAETORIUS: Dances from Terpsichore Naxos
8.553865
Chamber Music
Renaissance Music - BYRD, W. / WILSON, J. / JOHNSON, R. / DOWLAND, J. / HOLMES, M. / PLAYFORD, J. / RAVENSCROFT, T. (Shakespeare's Music) (Fallis) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90017
Chamber Music
Renaissance Music - DOWLAND, J. / PLAYFORD, J. / PRAETORIUS, M. / WEBSTER, M. (Fortune My Foe - Music of Shakespeare's Time) (Les Witches) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-93182
Chamber Music
Renaissance Music (Instrumental and Vocal) - LE ROY, A. / PRAETORIUS, M. / BASSANO, G. / PHALESE, P. (La Rocque' n' Roll) (Baltimore Consort) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90177
Chamber Music
Royal Music from the Courts of Kings Frederik II and Christian IV Dacapo
DCCD 9020
Instrumental
SAINTS AND SINNERS - The Music of Medieval and Renaissance Europe [10 CD Boxed Set] Naxos
8.501067
Chamber Music
SILENT NIGHT, HOLY NIGHT (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101135
Classical Concert
SOUNDS LIKE CHRISTMAS EuroArts
2052129
Classical Concert
SOUNDS OF FINLAND BIS
BIS-CD-94
Choral - Sacred
SWEDISH CHRISTMAS SONGS BIS
BIS-NL-CD-5008
Choral - Sacred
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.: The Nutcracker Suite / PRAETORIUS, M.: Terpsichore / WARLOCK, P.: Capriol Suite (arr. for guitar quartet) (Los Angeles Guitar Quartet Delos
DE3132
Instrumental
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY BAND: In The Spires Altissimo
75442270792
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Vocal Music - BACH, J.S. / CRUGER, J. / PRAETORIUS, M. / GRIEG, E. / CHARPENTIER, M.-A. / SCHEDIT, S. (The Vanishing Nordic Chorale) (Musik Ekklesia) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92128
Vocal Ensemble
Vocal Music (Baroque) - SCHUTZ, H. / SCHEIN, J.H. / SCHEIDT, S. / TUNDER, F. (The Muses of Zion - German Sacred Music) (Cambridge Bach Ensemble) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-93168
Vocal Ensemble
Vocal Music (Renaissance and Medieval) (A Rose of Swych Virtu) (Sheinberg, Musica Antigua de Albuquerque) Dorian Sono Luminus
DIS-80104
Vocal Ensemble, Chamber Music
WIE SCHON LEUCHTET DER MORGENSTERN (Clemencic Consort, Clemencic) Oehms Classics
OC829
Vocal Ensemble
World of Early Music Naxos
8.554770-71
Instrumental
Role: Lyricist 
Album Title  Catalogue No  Work Category 
ANGEL VOICES - The Boys' Choirs Christmas Celebration Capriccio
C7069
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS CAROLS (Jouluyo, Juhlayo) (Hyokki) Ondine
ODE1088-2
Choral - Sacred
Role: Arranger 
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