1670–1739

Introduction

Born: De­cem­ber 2, 1670, Gan­ders­heim, Harz Moun­tains, Ger­ma­ny.

Died: Feb­ru­a­ry 12, 1739, Stadt­gott­es­ack­er, Hal­le Stadt­kreis, Sach­sen-An­halt, Ger­ma­ny.

Buried: Stadt­gott­es­ack­er, Hal­le Stadt­kreis, Sach­sen-An­halt, Ger­ma­ny.

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Biography

Frey­ling­hau­sen stu­died the­o­lo­gy at the Un­i­ver­si­ties of Je­na (1689), and Hal­le (1692). In 1695 he started work at the or­phan­age and Pä­da­go­gi­um (ed­u­ca­tion­al in­sti­tute) of Hal­le an der Saale.

He mar­ried the di­rect­or’s daugh­ter and him­self be­came di­rect­or in 1727. He was also pas­tor at St. Ul­rich Church in Hal­le.

Freylinghausen wrote and com­posed 44 hymns. In 1697, he pu­blished the first ed­i­tion of his Geist­reich­es Ge­sang­buch (Spir­it­u­al Hym­nal). The 1704 ed­i­tion had 683 hymns (83 of them by Paul Ger­hardt) with 174 tunes. This was the most im­port­ant hymn col­lect­ion of the Pi­e­tis­tic per­i­od of Lu­ther­an hym­no­dy.

In the fol­low­ing de­cades, more hymns were ad­ded, and by 1741 it had 1,581 hymns with 597 tunes.

Sources

Music