Matthäus Apelt

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Matthäus Apelt , also Matthäus Appel , ennobled in 1634 Matthäus Apelles von Löwenstern (born April 20, 1594 in Neustadt , Hereditary Principality of Oppeln , † April 11, 1648 in Breslau ), was a German composer and hymn writer .


Apelt was the son of a saddler. In 1613 he was a teacher and cantor in Leobschütz . In 1625 he was appointed to Bernstadt by Duke Heinrich Wenzel , where he was promoted to office secretary in 1631. In 1635 he was appointed Fürstlich Oelsschen Rentmeister and Hofkapellmeister. As early as 1634 he was ennobled by Emperor Ferdinand II as Matthäus Apelles von Löwenstern . In 1639 he was appointed to the Imperial Council in Breslau , where he worked until the end of his life.

Musical works

As a musician, Matthäus Apelt cultivated the Italian concertante style. He created sacred songs that were very popular in his day, several motets , sacred concerts, and other works.

For the opera Judith by Heinrich Schütz (text by Martin Opitz ) he created a male choir for tenors and basses with continuo under the pseudonym "Matthaeo Leonastro de Longueville".

From him come u. a. the following hymns:

  • Lord our God, do not let them be put to shame ( Evangelical Hymns 247; Melody)
  • Now praise all of God's mercy (Evangelical Hymns 502; text and melody)

Remembrance day

April 11 in the Evangelical Name Calendar .


See also

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Johann Christian von Hellbach , Adels-Lexikon. Volume 2, p. 67 ( digitized version )
  2. ^ Karl Friedrich Pauli : General Prussian State History. Volume 8, Hall 1769, p. 529, ( digitized version )
  3. ^ Ernst Heinrich Kneschke : New general German nobility lexicon . Volume 5, Leipzig 1864, p. 628 ( digitized version )
  4. Matthäus Apelt in the ecumenical dictionary of saints