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date: 22 October 2019

Ammon, Wolfgang locked

  • August Scharnagl
  • , revised by Clytus Gottwald


(b Elsa, nr Coburg, Jan 26, 1540; d Marktbreit, Bavaria, Jan 26, 1589). German clergyman and hymn writer. He matriculated at the University of Wittenberg on 13 October 1561, at the University of Jena in September 1562 and at Wittenberg again in October 1564; he took the MA in 1565. Ordained at Ansbach in 1566, he first went to work at Weidelbach, near Dinkelsbühl, Bavaria, and from 1567 was deacon of the Protestant Spitalkirche at Dinkelsbühl. He lost this post in 1579 because his teaching was out of line with Lutheran christological doctrines, but in the same year he was reinstated as a vicar at Marktbreit. He published Libri tres odarum ecclesiasticarum, de sacris cantionibus (Frankfurt, 1578, repr. 1579) which contains 66 German congregational songs, with Latin translations and 64 well-known melodies. New Gesangbuch teutsch und lateinisch, darinn die fürnembste Psalmen und Gesänge der Kirchen Augsp. Confession (Frankfurt, ...

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