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. Herrnhut
  7. Herzliebster Jesu
  8. Holy Ghost
  9. Jesu, Meine Freude
  10. Jesu, Meine Zuversicht
  11. Jesus Christus, Unser Heiland
  12. Luise
  13. Nun Danket
  14. O Jesu Christ, Dein Kripplein
  15. Oblation
  16. Schmücke Dich
  17. St. Mary Magdalene
  18. Wie Soll Ich
  19. Zeuch Ein