Born: De­cem­ber 1620, Darm­stadt, Ger­ma­ny.

Died: Feb­ru­ary 15, 1701, Arn­stadt, Thu­rin­gia.


Drese stu­died mu­sic in War­saw, Po­land, un­der the Ita­li­an Mar­co Sca­cchi.

He went on to be­come Ka­pell­meis­ter to Duke Wil­helm IV of Wei­mar and, in 1662 to Duke Bern­hard of Je­na.

Drese moved to Arn­stadt in 1683, where he joined the Pie­tist move­ment. He burned his op­eras and de­vot­ed much of his time to the Pie­tists, who of­ten met at his home.

Fourteen of his hymn tunes ap­peared in Mu­si­kal­isch­es Lust­wäld­lein (1652–57), by Ge­org Neu­mark.



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