Fuhrmann, Martin Heinrich [Frischmuth, Marcus Hilarius]
- George J. Buelow
[Frischmuth, Marcus Hilarius]
(b Templin, Uckermark, bap. Dec 29, 1669; d Berlin, bur. June 25, 1745). German organist, Kantor and writer. References in his own writings to hearing church music performed in Kyritz (in the Prignitz) and Penzlau suggest that he may have been a student in those towns. Later he studied with Buxtehude’s pupil F.G. Klingenberg (from Stettin), organist at the Nikolaikirche in Berlin. Fuhrmann said that in 1690 he took some of his own compositions for examination by his music teacher, M.P. Henningsen, Kantor at the Marienkirche, Berlin. No music by Fuhrmann, however, seems to survive. Later, probably about 1692, he studied in Halle, where he was deeply influenced by the organ virtuosity of F.W. Zachow (Handel’s teacher), whom he ‘listened to each Sunday with a real hunger and thirst’ (Satans-Capelle, p.55). Fuhrmann visited Leipzig at about this time, working briefly with Schelle on contrapuntal exercises. He stated (ibid., p.52) that in ...