Brassicanus, Johannes [Kraut, Johann]
- Othmar Wessely
(b Murau, Styria, c1570; d Regensburg, bur. Sept 22, 1634). Austrian composer and poet. He may have attended the grammar school at Murau. His title of ‘Magister’ indicates that he must have studied at a Lutheran university in Germany. Until the beginning of the Counter-Reformation he taught in Styria and then, in 1603, became Kantor at Regensburg; from 1606 he was also Präzeptor at the Gymnasium Poeticum there. In 1609 he was appointed Kantor at the Protestant district school at Linz. After its closure in 1624 he remained there, apparently without employment, until the autumn of 1627, when he returned to the Gymnasium Poeticum, Regensburg; he was employed first as superintendent of the boarders and from 1628 until his death as Kantor and teacher. His musical output consists mainly of Latin motets for six to eight voices, most of which are lost, and numerous chorales (with the melody in the top voice) in the style of Hans Leo Hassler and Michael Praetorius. The melody of the Protestant psalm ...