I know we have a lot of Lutherans and former Lutherans on OC.net so I wanted to take a poll as to whom they regard as the best Lutheran composer of church music. Maybe I should have worded it as the best composer of Lutheran church music, though a lot of the works written by these guys could have been used by the Catholics (if they were in Latin). However, you want to look at, give your top two. I imagine J.S. Bach would be a runaway favorite so I'm interested to see who might be number two. ALl of these guys are late Renaissance or Baroque and they are the most famous. I'm sure there are probably some more modern Lutheran composers like my uncle, David Cherwien, who may be known to a few but not to the greater Lutheran population. And by church music, I'm talking about good church music, not the happy clappy crap.
My two choices were J.S. Bach and Schutz. Praetorius and Telemann were also heavy favorites for the # 2 spot.