Willich [Wilcke, Wild], Jodocus [Jobst ]
- Clement A. Miller
(b Resel, Värmland, c1486; d Frankfurt an der Oder, Nov 12, 1552). German humanist, physician, writer and musician . The generally accepted birthdate for him is about 1486, but according to Pietzsch it is 1501. In 1516 he entered the University of Frankfurt an der Oder, where he probably studied music under Johann Volckmar. After graduating he taught music from 1522 to 1539. In 1524 Willich became professor of Greek and in 1540 professor of medicine. Although he retained his connection with the university until his death, he was frequently called to other countries (such as Poland and Hungary) because of his renown as a physician. He corresponded with Erasmus and was personally acquainted with Luther, Melanchthon and Glarean. More than 60 writings on philology, antiquity, philosophy, theology, law, medicine, mathematics and music, some of which remained current into the 18th century, gave Willich a position as one of the outstanding German humanists of his time. An ardent lutenist, he founded about 1530 a convivium musicum, the first of its kind in Germany, and sustained it until his death. It had between nine and twelve members who held lengthy meetings involving vocal and instrumental music as well as food, drink and discussions of philosophical matters. In his Prosodia latina (Leipzig, 1539) he dealt with the close connection of music and text, and the dependence of the former on the latter.