Nucius [Nux, Nucis], Johannes
- George J. Buelow
(b Görlitz, Lower Silesia, c1556; d Himmelwitz, nr Strehlitz, Upper Silesia [now Strzelce Opolskie, Poland], March 25, 1620). German composer and theorist. His Musices poeticae is a major treatise about compositional practices in the early 17th century.
Nucius was a private pupil in composition of Johannes Winckler, who became Kantor at the Gymnasium at Görlitz in 1573. Even after 40 years he prized Winckler's instruction, the principles of which, as he said in the introduction, were the basis of his Musices poeticae. About 1586 he took his vows as a Cistercian monk at the monastery of Rauden, Upper Silesia, where he probably received the broad humanist education that appears to have influenced his later writing. By 1591 he had become deacon at Rauden and in that year published the first of his two books of motets, which he dedicated to his abbot. Also in 1591 he was made abbot of the small monastery of Himmelwitz. In ...