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Schiørring, Nielslocked

  • Nils Schiørring

(b Sabro, 30 June ?1743; d Copenhagen, Feb 6, 1798). Danish harpsichordist, composer and music editor. He studied in Copenhagen with J.A. Scheibe and in Hamburg with C.P.E. Bach, whom he befriended. In 1773 he became a harpsichordist at the royal chapel and a teacher at the Hofteater's singing school. He replaced Giuseppe Sarti as chamber musician to the royal court in 1775. For Guldberg's new official psalter (1778) he edited a series of chorale books (1781–3) based on painstaking studies of early sources, to which, with C.P.E. Bach and the Danish musician Raehs as collaborators, he added outstanding harmonizations; these collections introduced monorhythmic chorale melodies (in minims) into Danish church song. Schiørring also edited collections of secular music (particularly popular songs from operas, plays and other works) and contributed to Gerber's Lexicon. (DBL, N. Schiørring)

Works

all published in Copenhagen

Kirke-melodierne, 4vv (1781)

Choral-bog … til psalme-bogen af 1778 (1783) [with figured bass]

Choralsange, 4vv (1783) [ptbks]

Sang-bog (1783) [melodies only]

Selskabs-sange med melodier, i–ii (1785–9)

Arier og sange, i–ii (1786–9)

Blandinger, 1v, kbd (1787)

others