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Who was the best Lutheran composer of  church music

J.S. Bach
5 (45.5%)
Heinrich Schutz
1 (9.1%)
Johann Hermann Schein
0 (0%)
Hans Leo Hassler
0 (0%)
Michael Praetorius
2 (18.2%)
Georg Philip Telemann
0 (0%)
Georg Frideric Handel
3 (27.3%)
Johann Cruger
0 (0%)
Dietrich Buxtehude
0 (0%)
Samuel Scheidt
0 (0%)
Another Bach (besides J.C. Bach)
0 (0%)
Other (please list)
0 (0%)

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Which was the best Lutheran composer of church music
« on: August 21, 2013, 10:57:21 PM »
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.
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Re: Which was the best Lutheran composer of church music
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2013, 11:25:03 PM »
Ein Feste Burg is one of my favorite pieces of Church Music, from any Church.  I think it was written by Martin Luther himself, but the arrangement by Praetorius is just sublime.  Not Lutheran at all, but the Terpsichore is one of my favorite "albums".
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Re: Which was the best Lutheran composer of church music
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2013, 11:28:53 PM »
Ein Feste Burg is one of my favorite pieces of Church Music, from any Church.  I think it was written by Martin Luther himself, but the arrangement by Praetorius is just sublime.  Not Lutheran at all, but the Terpsichore is one of my favorite "albums".

There was a wedding this past weekend at St. Mary and both the processional and recessional were done with piano music (to the grave disappointment of the chanters). The recessional was Ein Feste Burg.  We chanters just looked at each other like we had mysteriously been transported to a Lutheran church!
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Re: Which was the best Lutheran composer of church music
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2013, 12:55:51 AM »
I would not be anyhow suprised if I heard that someone has already written an akathist to J.S. Bach