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date: 22 August 2019

Burmeister, Joachimlocked

  • Benito V. Rivera
  •  and Martin Ruhnke


(b Lüneburg, 1564; d Rostock, March 5, 1629). German theorist, composer and teacher. He was one of the leading German theorists of his time and one of the most influential, especially for his work on rhetorical figures in music.

Burmeister studied music at the Johannisschule, Lüneburg, under the Kantors Christoph Praetorius and Euricius Dedekind and the vice-Rektor Lucas Lossius, who particularly impressed him with his textbooks on rhetoric and dialectic. In 1586 he matriculated at Rostock University, where his academic teachers included, among other widely educated humanists, the mathematician and professor of medicine Henricus Brucaeus. He took his master’s degree in 1593. From Easter 1589 he was on the staff of the Rostock town school and was Kantor, first of the Nikolaikirche, then, from the autumn of that year, of the principal church, the Marienkirche; from 1593 until his death he was regular teacher (collega classicus)....

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