April 9, 1598, Groß-Breesen, Prussia (near Guben an der Neiße, on the present Polish border).
February 23, 1662, Berlin, Germany.
Nikolaikirche, Berlin, Germany.
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, writing 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: