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Melchior Vulpius

Biography

Born: 1570; Wasungen   Died: August, 1615; Weimar, Germany  
Despite his humble upbringing, Melchior Fuchs rose to become an extremely well-known and central composer of hymns for the Protestant worship service in the later sixteenth century. Melchior's parents were not well off, and the boy's early education was thus limited to the local Latin School. The youth must have flourished, however, for by 1588 he was pursuing more advanced studies in music and Latin in the cathedral town of Speyer. Melchior had Read more already latinized his name from Fuchs ("Fox") to Vulpius, and had already, it seems, distinguished himself in the composition of church music. He obtained his first professional post in 1589, teaching Latin in the Latin School of Schleusingen; the precocious Vulpius earned the job, and the title "composer" despite his lack of University training. In 1592, his superiors made his job a permanent appointment, with a small raise and increased duties as Kantor for Luterhan church services. In 1596, he accepted the position of Kantor and teacher at the Latin school in Weimar, and worked there until his death in 1615. During his long and prolific life, Vulpius produced around four hundred hymns for the Lutheran service, and almost two hundred Lutheran motets. These include a complete liturgical cycle of four-voiced settings of the Sprüche for the Lutheran church year, and a number of four-voiced hymns which remain in Protestant circulation today. In addition, Vulpius also wrote a St. Matthew Passion, and an important treatise on the theory of European music. Read less
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  • 1.
    Lobsingt Ihr Volker Alle: Große Deutsche Kirchenlieder Und Chorale
    Label: Rondeau Productions   Catalog: 2014 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Berthier,  Johannes Crüger,  Philipp Nicolai,  Matthias Greiter  ... 
    Performer:  Torsten Laux
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    The Immortal Air
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 954 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gerald Finzi,  James MacMillan,  Philip Moore,  Gerald Near  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Tharp,  Maxine Thévenot,  Meredith Wilder,  Michael Hix  ... 
    Conductor:  Maxine Thévenot
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    Die Helle Sonn Leuchtet: Deutsche Kirchenlieder (German Hymns)
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777792 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kaspar Ulenberg,  Nikolaus Decius,  Traditional,  Michael Praetorius  ... 
    Performer:  Arno Paduch,  Michael Eberth,  Arno Jochem De La Rosee,  Christoph [Renaissance Guitar] Eglhuber
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    Vom Himmel Hoch / Ludwig Guttler, Virtuosi Saxoniae
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300146 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Johannes Eccard  ... 
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae
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    Hohepunkte Der Chormusik
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300227 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Heinrich Isaac,  Pierre de La Rue,  Josquin Des Préz,  Antoine de Févin  ... 
    Performer:  Karl-Heinz Schmieder,  Werner Eberhardt,  Siegfried Hausmann,  Joachim Vogt  ... 
    Conductor:  Dietrich Knothe,  Hans Gruss,  Roderich Kreile,  Rudolf Mauersberger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schütz-Akademie,  Virtuosi Saxoniae,  Trompetensemble Ludwig Güttler  ... 
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    Dolcissima Mia Vita
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300147 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pierre de La Rue,  Josquin Des Préz,  Antoine de Févin,  Johann Walter  ... 
    Performer:  Gothart Stier,  Karl-Heinz Schmieder,  Werner Eberhardt,  Siegfried Hausmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Dietrich Knothe,  Hans Gruss,  Roderich Kreile,  Rudolf Mauersberger  ... 
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    Brass Music For Christmas / Guttler, Blechblaserensemble
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 115152 Release Date: 10/09/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Brade,  Heinrich Schütz,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Moritz von Hessen-Kassel  ... 
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ludwig Güttler Brass Ensemble
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    Parry: Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind, Etc / Thomas Leech, Andrew Bryden, Et Al
    Label: Regent   Catalog: 298 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alison Cadden,  Maurice Bevan,  William Henry Harris,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Leech
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ripon Cathedral Choir
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    Schubert: O Wie Schon Deine Welt, Etc;  Mendelssohn, Liszt, Kreutzer, Etc / Die Meistersinger, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98590 Release Date: 05/12/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Friedrich Silcher,  Conradin Kreutzer,  Hans Georg Nageli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Die Meistersinger
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    In Dulci Jubilo: Weihnachten Mit Ludwig Guttler
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 94502 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Francesco Manfredini,  Johann David Heinichen,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
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  • 11.
    Hymns From Hereford
    Label: Griffin   Catalog: 4060 Release Date: 04/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Goss,  Melchior Vulpius,  Traditional,  William Henry Harris  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Green
    Conductor:  Roy Massey,  Richard Lloyd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hereford Cathedral Choir
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  • 12.
    Baroque Christmas / Ludwig Güttler
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 8410 Release Date: 10/23/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Hans Leo Hassler,  Melchior Vulpius,  Valerius Otto,  Giovanni Gabrieli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae,  Vienna Concentus Vocalis,  Ludwig Güttler Brass Ensemble
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    Choral Evensong - Rutter, Et Al / Hereford Cathedral Choir
    Label: Priory Records   Catalog: 5022 Release Date: 01/02/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bernard Rose,  Ronald Foster,  Alistair Macpherson,  A. Gregory Murray  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Hayes,  David Briggs,  Paul Brophy
    Conductor:  Roy Massey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hereford Cathedral Choir
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  • 14.
    Essential Hymns - 50 Best-Loved Hymns of All Time
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000664702 Release Date: 07/04/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Tavener,  John Rutter,  Traditional,  Melchior Vulpius  ... 
    Performer:  Charles MacDonald,  Wilfred Brown,  Maurice Vinden,  Brian Runnett  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Layton,  Neil Page,  John Warburton,  John Eliot Gardiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Temple Church Choir,  Holst Singers,  English Sinfonia  ... 
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    Die liebe Maienzeit - 16th Century Choral Songs / Hallenser Madrigalisten
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1355 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Melchior Franck,  Orlando de Lassus,  Jacobus Clemens non Papa,  Melchior Vulpius  ... 
    Conductor:  Siegfried Bimberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Madrigal Singers
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    Frohlich Soll Mein Herze Springen / Ludwig Guttler
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1117 Release Date: 10/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Melchior Vulpius,  Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler,  Kurt Sandau,  Peter Schreier,  Friedrich Kircheis  ... 
    Conductor:  Martin Flämig,  Ludwig Güttler,  Dietrich Knothe,  Hans-Joachim Rotzsch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ludwig Güttler Brass Ensemble,  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Kreuz Choir  ... 
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    Opernsanger Einmal Anders
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89945 Release Date: 05/28/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Jerome Kern,  Oley Speaks,  Kurt Weill  ... 
    Performer:  Josef Blatt,  George London,  Leonard Warren,  Ezio Pinza  ... 
    Conductor:  Frank Black,  Johnny Green,  Dino Olivieri,  Hans Mielenz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Johnny Green Orchestra,  Dino Olivieri Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    Kein Schöner Land / Weyand, Knabenchor Capella Vocalis
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98360 Release Date: 11/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karl Marx,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Werner Gneist,  Gottfried Wolters  ... 
    Conductor:  Eckhard Weyand
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Vocalis
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  • 19.
    The Four Seasons / Joculatores Upsalienses
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 75 Release Date: 02/08/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Morley,  Martin Peerson,  Melchior Vulpius,  Oswald von Wolkenstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joculatores Upsalienses
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