ANDREAS HAMMERSCHMIDT (1611 - 1675)
The German organist and composer Andreas Hammerschmidt was born in Bohemia but moved with his family to Freiberg in 1626. He served there as organist before his appointment to the position of organist at St Johannis in Zittau, where he remained until his death. Musical life in Zittau suffered the vicissitudes of the Thirty Years War, but Hammerschmidt came to enjoy considerable material success.
Sacred Vocal Music
The greater part of Hammerschmidt’s music lies in sacred vocal works written in connection with his duties in Freiberg and then in Zittau. His motets – settings of German and Latin – show a clear debt to Schütz.