1598-1662
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April 9, 1598, Groß-Breesen, Prussia (near Guben an der Neiße, on the present Polish border).

February 23, 1662, Berlin, Germany.

Nikolaikirche, Berlin, Germany.

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Crüger began studying theology in Wittenberg in 1620. In 1622, he became organist of the Nikolaikirche in Berlin. He was a friend of Paul Gerhardt, and wrote melodies for many hymns by Gerhardt and others. Crüger composed sacred works for choral and instrumental performances, and was also a musicologist and wrote about the theory and practice of music. In 1640, Crüger edited a hymnal, titled (beginning with the 1647 edition) Praxis Pietatis Melica. His other works include:

  1. Allmächtiger Gott
  2. Auf, Auf, Mein Herz
  3. Eliada
  4. Gräfenberg
  5. Herr, Ich Habe Missgehandelt
  6. Herzliebster Jesu
  7. Holy Ghost
  8. Jesu, Meine Freude
  9. Jesu, Meine Zuversicht
  10. Jesus Christus, Unser Heiland
  11. Luise
  12. Nun Danket
  13. O Jesu Christ, Dein Kripplein
  14. Oblation
  15. Schmücke Dich
  16. St. Mary Magdalene
  17. Wie Soll Ich
  18. Zeuch Ein