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date: 15 December 2019

Beringer, Maternuslocked

  • Dorothea Schröder

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(b Weissenburg in Bayern, bap. March 17, 1580; d ?Neudorf, nr Pappenheim, after Aug 1632). German writer on music, schoolmaster and clergyman. He probably attended the Latin school in Weissenburg and may have been at a university for some time before he was appointed school clerk at Weissenburg in 1600. In 1601 he became Kantor and immediately afterwards took holy orders. Two petitions he submitted in 1605 and 1606 give evidence of the state of music in Weissenburg and of Beringer's own conditions. In the first document, he stressed the importance of music as a God-given remedy for troubled souls and as a symbol of unanimity. His main concern, however, was the deplorable state of church music at Weissenburg: the only bass singer had moved away and parents were withdrawing their sons from the school in order that they might learn more profitable trades. To secure the further performance of polyphonic music at feast days, he urged the mayor and council to employ a trombone player and a cornettist to support the few remaining singers. In the second petition he complained about his meagre income which, he feared, was to be further reduced at the appointment of another schoolmaster. His situation appears not to have improved, and in ...

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