Otto Abel (composer)

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Otto Abel (born October 24, 1905 in Berlin , † September 21, 1977 in Tettnang , Baden-Württemberg ) was a German organist , cantor, composer, publisher and Evangelical regional church music director .


Abel was from 1930 to 1970 cantor and organist at the Immanuel Church in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg , from 1959 also regional church music director for the eastern region of the Evangelical Church of Berlin-Brandenburg and since 1956 church music editor at the Protestant publishing house in Berlin (East).

Abel composed several hymns and works for the organ.

He died on a trip in Tettnang.

Works (selection)

Beginning of the hymn Wonderfully saved by good powers by Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Otto Abel

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Otto Abel: O Savior, tear open the heavens! Small advent cantata. January 1, 1956, accessed March 31, 2017 .
  2. Otto Abel: Be praise and honor to the highest good: cantata for mixed choir, string quartet and organ; EKG 233 January 1, 1957, accessed March 31, 2017 .
  3. Otto Abel: My God, my God, why did you leave me? Motet; (Psalm 22, 2, 8, 9, 18, 19, 20). January 1, 1981, accessed March 31, 2017 .