Schwilge [Schwilgi], Andreas
- Arnold Geering
(b Thann, Alsace, c1608–9; d Ulm, 1688). Alsatian composer and teacher of German origin, resident for some time in Switzerland. As a boy he received singing, violin and organ lessons from his father, who came from Stuttgart. From 1623 to 1628 he attended the Jesuit school at Ensisheim, Alsace, and then studied philosophy at Würzburg. He entered the Franciscan order and after serving his novitiate at Lucerne continued his philosophy studies at Fribourg and then spent four years studying theology in Vienna. A journey to Rome and Milan persuaded him to renounce Catholicism. He returned to Switzerland and applied in ...