- John H. Baron
(b Lobenstein, July 8, 1604; d Königsberg [now Kaliningrad], Oct 6, 1651). German composer and poet. His formal musical training began in 1622, when he moved to Dresden and worked for his cousin Schütz. While a law student in Leipzig from 1623 to 1626 he began to compose arias, some of which he later included in his published collections; he was influenced by Schein, then Kantor at the Thomaskirche. He moved to Königsberg in 1626. In 1627 he set out for Warsaw with some Dutch diplomats and was taken prisoner by the Swedes for a year. He was not an altogether innocent bystander in the Thirty Years War, for when he returned in 1628 he was involved with the science of fortification. From December 1630 he seems to have given up his earlier profession, to become a full-time musician in Königsberg for the rest of his life. He became organist at the cathedral and studied with Johann Stobaeus. In ...