- Othmar Wessely
- , revised by Walter Kreyszig
(b Innsbruck, ? after Oct 31, 1517; d Brunswick, April 5, 1587). Austrian theologian and music theorist . From 1523 or 1524 he was a chorister in King Lajos II of Hungary’s court chapel in Buda under the direction of Thomas Stoltzer. In 1526 he fled to Vienna with the widowed Queen Mary’s retinue and was accepted in Ferdinand I’s Hofkapelle in 1527. According to his own writings he received his musical training there from Heinrich Finck, Arnold von Bruck, Stephan Mahu and Johann Langkusch, and he also met Erasmus Lapicida. In August 1536 he entered the arts faculty of Vienna University; he continued his studies in Prague in 1540 and in the law faculty of Cologne University. After travelling through Germany and Brabant he returned to Innsbruck in 1542 as a tutor for the sons of noblemen. In the same year he moved to Wittenberg where he taught music at the university and studied Protestant theology there. In ...