Johann Friedrich Herzog

HERZOG, Johann Friedrich. b. Dresden, 5 June 1647; d. Dresden, 21 March 1699. Herzog was the son of a priest. His father died when Johann was nine years old, and he was given a free place at the Prince’s school at Meissen. He studied law at Wittenberg, and practised as a lawyer at Dresden from 1674. He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Law from the University of Jena in 1678. Herzog was the author of much of the evening hymn in EG, ‘Nun sich der Tag geendet hat’ (EG 478). The first verse was by the musician Adam Krieger (1634-1666), using a tune from his secular song-collection Arien (Leipzig, 1657) ‘Ihr schönsten Blumen in der Au’ (itself based on a Dutch song). Herzog’s verses 2-8...

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