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Johann Georg Ahle

AHLE, Johann Georg. b. Mühlhausen, 1651 (baptized 12 June); d. Mühlhausen, 1706 (buried 5 May). He was the son of Johann Rudolf Ahle*, whom he followed as organist of St Blasius (his successor was Johann Sebastian Bach*). Like his father he became a member of the town council, and was a popular local composer of songs for weddings and of sacred music. As a poet and musician he was awarded the ‘Dichterkrone’ (‘poetic crown’) by the Emperor Leopold I in 1680. He also wrote a series of Musikalische Gespräche, treatises on the theory of music in dialogue form and named after the four seasons. His Neue Zehn Geistlicher Andachten (Mühlhausen, 1671) contains his pretty tune to ‘Die güldne Sonne...

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