Johann Rosenmüller

Biography

Born: 1619; Oelsnitz   Died: September 12, 1684; Wolfenbüttel, Germany  
Johann Rosenmüller received his general education at the Latin School in Oelsnitz, then went to the University of Leipzig in 1640 as a theology student. It is likely that he continued his musical studies there with the Thomaskirche Cantor, Tobias Michael, for in 1642 he is listed as an assistant at the Thomasschule, where he taught music to the younger students. In 1650, he became the first assistant and in 1651 he also obtained the post of Read more organist of the city's Nicolaikirche. The city council in 1653 promised him the succession to the post of Cantor of the Thomaskirche and in 1654 received an appointment as director of music in absentia to the court of Altenburg. Obviously, his career was on a fast upward track.

However, in 1655 he and some of the schoolboys were arrested on suspicion of homosexual activities and were jailed. He escaped and his next documented appearance is in Venice, where in 1658 he was hired as a trombonist at St. Mark's Cathedral. There, again, he established himself as a composer and his music was even in demand in Germany and he sent some compositions through an intermediary to Weimar.

He became the official composer of the Ospedale della Pietá in 1678 and remained there until 1682. He returned to Germany as concert master of the court of Wolfenbüttel, on invitation from the cousin of the Duke there.

Rosenmüller wrote instrumental music throughout his entire career and showed a consistent development of form and content. His earlier pieces are generally dance pieces arranged into short suites of rather brief dances. They are actual dance music, clearly intended for use on the dancefloor, and not primarily concert pieces as later Baroque suites often were. His later instrumental music is in a more extended form, has more varied scoring, and a larger structure. At this time, he also wrote sonatas da camera and short sinfonias. The finest of these, from 1667, are notable for their inventive and surprising harmonic ideas. His later music had a clear Italian music and its popularity in northern Germany helped pave the way for later Italian music.

Almost all of his vocal music is religious. He followed a northern German practice of circulating this music in manuscript only (he allowed publication of his instrumental works). It was especially popular in northern Germany and for the most part the sources of his music, even that written in Venice, are German rather than Italian. Most of the music is in Latin, including 53 complete Latin psalm settings. These are of all dimensions from settings for solo voice to large-scale works with double chorus, soloists, and instruments. Their historical significance is that Rosenmüller used structures and styles of secular Italian cantatas in this sacred music. Its frequent performance in Germany helped establish the form of the German sacred cantata. Read less
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    A German Soul - Devotional Music From 17th-century Hamburg / Frigole, Ensemble Meridien
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94717 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Rosenmüller,  Heinrich Scheidemann,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Tunder  ... 
    Performer:  Juan de la Rubia,  Laia Frigole
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Meridien
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    Meine Seels - German Sacred Music / White, Weimann, Tempo Rubato
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22668 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Tunder,  Philipp Heinrich Erlebach,  Johann Rosenmüller  ... 
    Performer:  Matthew [Countertenor Vocal] White
    Conductor:  Alexander Weimann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tempo Rubato
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    Freue Dich, Du Tochter Zion
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83393 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andreas Hammerschmidt,  Johannes Eccard,  Michael Praetorius,  Vincent Lübeck  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Bernius,  Felicitas Erb,  Mathias Monrad Moller,  Andreas [Bass (Vocal)] Beinhauer  ... 
    Conductor:  Holger Speck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Favorites
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    Lied Der Liebe - The Song Of Songs In German Baroque  / Movimento
    Label: Christophorus   Catalog: 77378 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Johann Rosenmüller,  Giovanni Kapsberger,  Heinrich Schütz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Movimento
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    Splendore a Venezia - Music in Venice from the Renaissance to the Baroque
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 23013 Release Date: 10/15/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Andrea Gabrieli,  Giovanni Bassano,  Giovanni Gabrieli  ... 
    Performer:  Washington McClain,  Mathieu Lussier,  Margaret Little [Viola da gamba],  Maxine Eilander  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Weimann,  Christopher Jackson,  Eric Milnes,  Olivier Fortin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Académie Baroque de Montréal,  Les Voix Baroques,  Concerto Palatino  ... 
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    Music of Old Cities & Royal Courts
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 283312 Release Date: 05/21/2013   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Gregor Joseph Werner,  Frederick the Great  ... 
    Performer:  Tivadar Bantay,  Christa Richter-Steiner,  Theo Altmeyer,  Lisa Otto  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernhard Paumgartner,  Karl Forster,  Wolfgang Meyer,  Hans von Benda  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica,  Baryton Trio,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Beethoven: Christus Am Olberge; Rosenmuller: Lamentationes Jeremiae Prophetae
    Label: Bellavoce   Catalog: 7702253 Release Date: 05/03/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Rosenmüller,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich,  Fred Buck,  Erna Spoorenberg,  Hermann Schey  ... 
    Conductor:  Henk Spruit
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    Rosenmuller: Sonate a 2, 3, 4 e 5 stromenti, da arco & altri / Fortin, Ensemble Masques
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2660 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Rosenmüller
    Performer:  Olivier Fortin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Masques
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    Johann Rosenmuller: Sonatas 1682
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777688 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Rosenmüller
    Conductor:  Roland Wilson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Fiata
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    Virtuose Deutsche Violinmusik Des 17. Jahrhunderts (Virtuoso German Violin Music Of The 17th Century)
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2508 Release Date: 07/03/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Rosenmüller,  Carl Rosier,  Johann Kaspar Kerll,  David Pohle  ... 
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    Geistliche Musik Fur Ein Ganzes Jahr (Sacred Music For The Entire Year) / Kreile, Dresdner Kreuzchor
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300332 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Heinrich Schütz,  Johann Caspar Horn,  Sethus Calvisius,  Samuel Seidel  ... 
    Performer:  Fritz Herrmann,  Georg Guldner,  Franz Lindner,  Felix Morgner  ... 
    Conductor:  Roderich Kreile
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Sagittariana
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    Ack, Libertas!
    Label: Footprint Records   Catalog: 66 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Andreas Hammerschmidt,  Thomas Kingo,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Bagge,  Mikael Paulsson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Mare Balticum
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    Vespers For The End Of The Church Year / Kreile, Dresdner Kreuzchor
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300062 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Leo Hassler,  Johann Walter,  Heinrich Schütz,  Louis Spohr  ... 
    Conductor:  Roderich Kreile
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir
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    Johann Rosenmuller: Lo Zuane Tedesco
    Label: Pan Classics   Catalog: 10222 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Rosenmüller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Fedeli
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    Mein Herz Ist Bereit / Peter Kooij, Cordarte
    Label: Pan Classics   Catalog: 10211 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Tunder,  Johann Heinrich Schmelzer,  Johann Rosenmüller,  Johann Pachelbel  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Kooy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cordearte
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    Cantus Colln Edition
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 7937062 Release Date: 08/09/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Rosenmüller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus Cölln
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    Venezia: Rosenmuller, Legrenzi, Stradella
    Label: Ambronay   Catalog: 28 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Rosenmüller,  Giovanni Legrenzi,  Alessandro Stradella
    Performer:  Manfredo Kraemer
    Conductor:  Manfredo Kraemer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rare Fruits Council
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    Con Chitarrone / Leupold Trio
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72369 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Dario Castello,  Gregory Howet,  Domenico Gabrielli  ... 
    Performer:  Eva Stegeman,  Soren Leupold,  Wouter Mijnders
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leupold Trio
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    Johann Rosenmuller: Vox Dilecti Mei
    Label: Ramee   Catalog: 1009 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Rosenmüller
    Performer:  Alex [Countertenor Vocal] Potter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Chelycus
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    Rosenmuller: Venezianische Abendmusik / Johann Rosenmuller Ensemble
    Label: Christophorus   Catalog: 77333 Release Date: 12/21/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Rosenmüller
    Conductor:  Arno Paduch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Rosenmuller Ensemble
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    Label: Raum Klang   Catalog: 301076 Release Date: 10/15/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Stephan Otto,  Johann Rosenmüller,  Heinrich Schütz  ... 
    Performer:  Gudrun Sidonie Otto,  Gesine Adler,  Dorothea Wagner,  Stephan Gähler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Sagittariana Dresden
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    Rosenmuller: Beautus Vir / Amandine Beyer, Gli Incogniti
    Label: Zig Zag   Catalog: 100801 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Rosenmüller
    Conductor:  Amandine Beyer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gli Incogniti
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  • 23.
    State Of The Art - The Story Of Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001341102 Release Date: 12/15/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Gabriel Fauré,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Rafal Blechacz,  Kathleen Battle,  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Leonard Bernstein,  Pierre Boulez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Andalucian Dogs
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    Rosenmüller: Requiem / Wilson, Musica Fiata Köln
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 49 Release Date: 05/22/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Rosenmüller
    Conductor:  Roland Wilson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Musica Fiata,  Ensemble Canticum
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    Gustav Leonhardt Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 696144 Release Date: 02/17/2009   Number of Discs: 21
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville,  François Couperin,  Alessandro Poglietti  ... 
    Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt,  Frans Brüggen,  Marie Leonhardt,  Jeannette Van Wingerden  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustav Leonhardt,  Sir David Willcocks,  Frans Brüggen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leonhardt Consort,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Brüggen Consort
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