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Ambrosius Lobwasser

LOBWASSER, Ambrosius. b. Schneeberg, Saxony, 4 April 1515; d. Königsberg, 27 November 1585. He studied at Leipzig, and became a tutor at the university there. He received a doctorate from the University of Bologna; he was appointed Professor of Law at Königsberg in 1563, remaining in post until 1580. Lobwasser is chiefly known for his translation into German of the metrical psalms of Théodore de Bèze* and Clément Marot*, Der Psalter dess Königlichen Propheten Davids, In deutsche Reymen verstendiglich und deutlich gebracht (Leipzig, 1573), which employed the melodies of the Genevan Psalter* and the four-part settings of Claude Goudimel*. The Calvinist origins of this version with its music,...

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