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Johannes Eccard

Biography

Born: 1553; Mühlhausen, Germany   Died: 1611; Berlin, Germany  
One of the most important Lutheran composers of the sixteenth century, Johannes Eccard helped foster a new musical culture that was centered around the Lutheran chorale -- a culture that would eventually culminate in the music of Bach and even later, Brahms. Eccard was born in the Thuringian village of Mühlhausen, and began his long musical career in the Lateinschule there. He probably was a pupil of the Mühlhausen Kantor Joachim a Burck, and Read more continued his musical education in Weimar under the tutelage of the kapellmeister David Köller (1569-1571). For the next two years, Eccard sang in the Hofkapelle of the Bavarian court, and certainly went there to study music and musical composition with the world-renowned Orlande de Lassus who led the choir. Having soaked up the best music of his Protestant (and Catholic) teachers, Eccard embarked upon a stellar musical career, starting in his mid-twenties (1577-1578) with employment in the household of the hugely wealthy Augsburg banker Jakob Fugger, for whom Eccard wrote a Mass, and with whose support he printed his second book of German-texted music.

Eccard proceeded from Fugger's patronage to a series of high court appointments across the German countryside. He served in the chapel of the Margrave of Bandenburg at Ansbach and Königsberg from 1580; he was promoted to vice kapellmeister in 1586 and finally achieved the coveted title of chapelmaster when his next patron, the Elector Jocahim Friedrich of Brandenburg, became Administrator of Prussia. By this date in 1604, Eccard had continued not only to produce the seasonal round of church music, but had printed a massive and influential collection of Lutheran chorale settings, the Geistliche Lieder of 1597. In 1608, the Elector put Eccard in charge of his main musical forces in Berlin, where the old musician expired in 1611. Yet Eccard's music did not cease with his death. It was still being printed in new editions as late as 1644, was being quoted as late as 1672 (in a Passion setting by Johann Sebastiani), and would be cherished by German musicians as late as Johannes Brahms. Eccard pioneered and developed not only the well-known simple four-part congregational settings of the Lutheran hymns (his setting of Luther's "Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott" became a standard), but also the more advanced type of Lutheran chorale-motet that would become so popular in the seventeenth century. Read less
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    111 Classics for Christmas
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002179902 Release Date: 12/09/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Leroy Anderson,  Leopold Mozart,  Johnny Marks,  John Frederic Coots  ... 
    Performer:  Helen Donath,  Anna Reynolds,  Christa Ludwig,  Maria Teresa Garatti  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Karl Richter,  Stephen Cleobury,  Sir David Willcocks  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir  ... 
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    Stille Nacht... / Gronostay, RIAS Kammerchor
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 97711 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Adrian Willaert,  Thomas Stoltzer,  Ludwig Senfl,  Leonhard Schröter  ... 
    Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
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    The Christmas Album / Herbert Von Karajan
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002179802 Release Date: 11/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Traditional,  Adolphe Adam  ... 
    Performer:  Leontyne Price
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Singverein,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra members,  Vienna Children's Chorus  ... 
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    Chormusik Zu Advent Und Weihnachten / Alber, Orpheus Vokalensemble
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83385 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Heinrich Kaminski,  Hugo Distler,  Michael Praetorius  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Alber
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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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    In Dulci Jubilo: German Christmas Songs From Five
    Label: Coviello Classics   Catalog: 41310 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Thiel,  Michael Praetorius,  Johannes Crüger,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Halsey
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    Weihnachten Durch Die Jahrhunderte Ii
    Label: Ars Musici   Catalog: 233746 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Recorded Sound,  Anonymous,  Traditional,  Ludwig Senfl  ... 
    Performer:  Arndt Schmöle,  Torsten Gödde,  Michael Jackel,  Philipp Tarr  ... 
    Conductor:  Reinhard Kammler,  P. Johannes Berchmans Gos,  Raimund Hug,  Winfrid Toll  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fiori Musicali (Germany),  Spirit of Gambo,  Ecco la musica  ... 
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    Christmas! Noel! Weihnachten! / RIAS Kammerchor
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902170 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Uwe Gronostay,  Johannes Eccard,  Max Bruch  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans-Christoph Rademann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
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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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    Diabolo: 28 Classical Audiophile Examples + Test Signals [1 Blu-ray Audio & 1 SACD]
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 9061757 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner,  Frédéric Chopin,  Oskar Böhme,  Francis Poulenc  ... 
    Performer:  Elisabeth Leonskaja,  Yeon-Hee Kwak,  Zvi Meniker,  Heiko Ter Schegget  ... 
    Conductor:  Stefan Blunier,  Jörg Straube,  Johannes Goritzki,  Christian Zacharias  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Wolfgang Bauer,  Mozart Piano Quartet
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    Psalms & Motets For Reflection / Edison, Choir Of St. John’s Elora
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572540 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Crotch,  Johannes Eccard,  James MacMillan,  Ivor Atkins  ... 
    Conductor:  Noel Edison
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elora Choir of St. John's
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    Christmas Through The Centuries
    Label: Ars Musici   Catalog: 233599 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Traditional,  Orlando de Lassus,  Michael Praetorius  ... 
    Performer:  Franz Lehrndorfer,  Kay Stiefermann
    Conductor:  Johannes B. Goschl,  Martin Zobeley,  Raimund Hug,  Heinz Hennig  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Gregoriana Monacensis,  Munich Group for Early Music,  Freiburg Spielleyt Ensemble  ... 
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    Weihnachtssingen: An Evening Of Christmas Carols
    Label: Rondeau Productions   Catalog: 6070 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Johannes Unger,  Traditional,  Dietrich Buxtehude  ... 
    Performer:  Johannes Unger,  Jan-Handrik Jensch,  Johanna Maier
    Conductor:  Michael D. Muller
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    Machet Die Tore Weit
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 9021725 Release Date: 10/16/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andreas Hammerschmidt,  Michael Praetorius,  Walther Schmidt,  Heinrich Schütz  ... 
    Performer:  Kay Johannsen
    Conductor:  Rainer Johannes Homburg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Hymnus Boys Choir
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    In Dulci Jubilo
    Label: Rondeau Productions   Catalog: 7002 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Gottfried Wolters,  Traditional,  Alfred Koerppen  ... 
    Conductor:  Heinz Hennig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Knabenchor Hannover Instrumental Ensemble
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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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    Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Christmas Choral Music
    Label: Rondeau Productions   Catalog: 6043 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Palestrina,  Traditional,  Johannes Eccard,  Hieronymus Praetorius  ... 
    Conductor:  Volker Hedtfeld
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Opus Vocale
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    Eccard: Frohlich will ich singen - Sacred & Secular Songs
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83449 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Eccard
    Conductor:  Kai-Uwe Jirka
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lautten Compagney
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    Eccard: Mit Freude Musizieren - Sacred & Secular Works / Meyer, Ensemble Noema
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777700 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Eccard,  Orlando de Lassus
    Conductor:  Gregor Meyer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Noema
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    Eccard: Preussische Festlieder   / Kopp, Capella De La Torre, Vocal Concert Dresden
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83265 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Eccard,  Johann Stobäus
    Conductor:  Peter Kopp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de la Torre,  Dresden Vocal Concert
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    Baroque Celebration In The Frauenkirche / Ludwig Guttler
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300174 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  Valerius Otto,  Johannes Crüger,  Johannes Eccard  ... 
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Semper Brass,  Blechbläserensemble
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    Ein Kind Ist Geboren
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 7771046 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Schütz,  Johannes Eccard,  Ernst Pepping,  Heinrich Kaminski  ... 
    Conductor:  Steffen Walther
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chemnitz Chamber Choir
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    Epiphany At St. Paul's / Scott, Williams, St. Paul's Choir
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55443 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alwyn Surplice,  Felix Mendelssohn,  William Byrd,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Huw Tregelles Williams,  Roy Rashbrook,  Robert Rice,  Timothy Jones  ... 
    Conductor:  John Scott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
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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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    The Christmas Story / Hillier, Theatre Of Voices, Ars Nova Copenhagen
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 807565 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Biasio Tomasi,  Traditional,  Alessandro Grandi  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Hillier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Voices,  Ars Nova Copenhagen
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