SCHMIDLIN, Johannes. b. Zürich, 22 May 1722; d. Wetzikon, 5 November 1771. The son of a ship’s captain, he was a student at the music college of the church of Our Lady at Zürich. From 1736 he attended the Collegium Carolinum under Cantor Johann Caspar Bachofen, who influenced him greatly. At the same time he studied theology, and was ordained in 1743. He was vicar of Dietlikon (1744-54) and priest of Wetzikon and Seegräben from 1754 until his death. He was known as a composer of edifying Pietist hymns. In 1752 he edited what is perhaps his best known work: Singendes und Spielendes Vergnügen Reiner Andacht Oder Geistreiche Gesänge (Zürich, 1752), a collection of hymns by Paul Gerhardt*,...
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