- William E. Hettrick
(b Regensburg, 1564–5; d Augsburg, 20–21 Jan 1628). German composer and organist. He ranks with Hans Leo Hassler among the most important and prolific composers in southern Germany in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.
Aichinger’s birthdate is derived from the inscription on his tombstone in the cloister of Augsburg Cathedral; his age at his death is given as 63. He was still at Regensburg in 1576, and in 1577 he presented a composition to the Bavarian court at Munich and was paid for it. Although the Munich court chapel under Lassus often recruited choirboys from Regensburg, there is no conclusive evidence that Aichinger was a member. On 2 November 1578 he enrolled at the University of Ingolstadt, which had become a stronghold of Jesuit influence. Among his fellow students was Jakob Fugger (ii), a member of one of the most prominent families in southern Germany (...