Johannes Hatzfeld

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Johannes Hatzfeld

Johannes Hatzfeld (born April 14, 1882 in Benolpe ( Sauerland ), † July 5, 1953 in Paderborn ) was a Catholic priest , musician and writer .


Johannes Hatzfeld's parents were the baker, farmer and innkeeper Peter Hatzfeld called Liese from Benolpe and Maria, born Dobbener, born in Altenhundem (today Lennestadt).

Professional background

Johannes Hatzfeld studied theology, art history and music in Paderborn and Munich . In 1906 he received the sacrament of ordination in Paderborn Cathedral . His first vicar position was at St. Marien in Klein Oschersleben . He was then transferred to Friedrichroda , then in 1912 as vicar to Sandebeck . Music theory was studied in Magdeburg . In 1914 he was transferred to Paderborn and worked as a religion teacher at the girls' college. In the 1930s he held the position of editor of the Paderborn diocese newspaper Leo . The University of Munich awarded Johannes Hatzfeld an honorary doctorate in 1931 . In 1950 he was appointed papal secret chamberlain and in 1952 an honorary citizen of the city of Paderborn.

Musical creation

After his transfer to Paderborn, Johannes Hatzfeld worked as a cultural advisor in the Volksverein for Catholic Germany (based in Mönchengladbach ). He published the two music series Musik im Haus and Musica orans , which were published by Volksvereinsverlag and had over 200 editions. He himself published collections of folk songs such as the songbook Tandaradei , which had a total print run of 200,000 copies. He brought out his own folk songs for all types of choir. In church music he distinguished himself as a innovator of Catholic church music. In 1927 Johannes Hatzfeld was a founding member of the International Society for the Renewal of Catholic Church Music . He appeared as a sustained advocate of the music of the so-called Cologne School with its important composers Heinrich Lehmacher , Hermann Schroeder and Kaspar Roeseling . The Augsburg composer Karl Kraft also referred to Hatzfeld as one of his great sponsors, as many of his early works were published for the first time in the ranks of the Volksverein Verlag. Because of his proximity to Hatzfeld, he is also often counted as part of the Cologne School, which is stylistically imprecise.

His own church music choral compositions appeared in the works Cantual for mixed choir and Hymnar for male choir, which were edited by Gustav Schauerte . Own publications of this kind were the works Resonet - old German Christmas carols , Rosa mystica - nine Marienlieder , chants for the main festivals of the church year and chants for the silent mass based on old German hymns, each for four-part choir.

Writing activity

As editor of the diocese newspaper "Leo", Johannes Hatzfeld published catechetical texts for the readings on Sunday every week. The works Gottesfrühling (1939), Heiliger Aufgang (1939), Vom Reiche Gottes (1940) and The Eight Beatitudes in Our Time (1948) are also catechetical considerations.

Johannes Hatzfeld collection

Since there is no personal estate of Johannes Hatzfeld due to the effects of the Second World War, a collection with publications by and about him was created in the Kirchhundem community archive, which is constantly updated and expanded.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. De Suerlaender Heimatkalender, 1957 edition, p. 11 (PDF; 9.5 MB) ( Memento of the original from April 9, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. Sauerlandruf, issue No. 4, November 1953, p. 28 (PDF; 2.0 MB) ( Memento of the original from February 20, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /