Soest, Johannes (Steinwert) von [Susato, Johannes de]
- Stephen Keyl
[Susato, Johannes de]
(b Unna, nr Soest, 1448; d Frankfurt, May 2, 1506). German composer and writer on music. He described his career in a rhymed autobiography (ed. in Fichard): as a boy he sang at St Patroklus in Soest, he was briefly kidnapped for his voice by a juggler, and then he joined the ducal chapel in Cleves. He studied in Bruges with two English musicians and subsequently held posts in Hardenbergh (Overijssel), Maastricht and Kassel. In 1472 Soest went to Heidelberg; on 22 November the Elector Palatine Philipp appointed him Sängermeister for life and established a choir for him to direct (see Žak). In 1476 Soest matriculated at the University of Heidelberg; he studied there and in Pavia and had become a physician by 1490. In 1495 he became municipal doctor in Worms and later held similar positions in Oppenheim and Frankfurt. He was also active as a poet....