Gottfried Grote

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Memorial plaque on the "Janusz-Korczak-Haus", Schönwalder Allee 26, in Berlin-Hakenfelde

Gottfried Grote (born May 15, 1903 in Oberfrohna ; † July 1976 in Berlin ) was a German church musician.

Growing up in the Protestant Bergisches Land , Grote studied music from 1923, first in Berlin with Walter Fischer , then in Cologne with Heinrich Boell .

From 1926 to 1935 Grote was the organist and choirmaster of the Barmer Bach Society , the predecessor choir of the Wupperfelder Kantorei at the Alte Wupperfeld Church . In 1935 he became cantor and organist of the Johannesstift in Berlin-Spandau and at the same time director of the Berlin church music school in the Johannesstift . He also became a Grote Professor at the Municipal Conservatory . From 1955 he directed the Staats- und Domchor Berlin . He was best known as the editor of the sacred choral song ("Der Grote").

Grote was a particular fan of Heinrich Schütz . During his time in Wupperfeld, he arranged the 3rd Heinrich Schütz Festival in Germany. A long-term and intensive collaboration connected him with Ernst Pepping , of whom he premiered many choral works with the Spandauer Kantorei and the Staats- und Domchor.

Gottfried Grote's pupils included Ewald Dorfmüller, father of the organist Joachim Dorfmüller , during his time in Wupperfeld , and Heinrich Poos , Helmut Barbe and Dietrich W. Prost during his time in Spandau .


  • with Alfred Stier: The light tone . Oak cross, Wuppertal-Barmen 1932.
  • with Alfred Stier: A new song . Burckhardthaus, Berlin 1933.
  • with Alfred Stier: Jungewacht songs . Jungewacht, Wesermünde-Lehe 1937.
  • Sacred choir song . 1949. 16th edition: Merseburger, Kassel 1992.
  • Adam Adrio , Gottfried Grote (Ed.): Bach: Choralgesänge . Evangelische Verlags-Anstalt, Berlin 1950.
  • Ernst Peppings Spandau choir book . Schott, Mainz 1962.

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