Ludwig Andreas Gotter

GOTTER, Ludwig Andreas. b. Gotha, 26 May 1661; d. Gotha, 19 Sept 1735. The son of a Lutheran Superintendent, he worked in his native town in local government, first as a secretary and then as a senior official (Hofrat). He is described in JJ as ‘a pious, spiritually-minded man, with tendencies towards Pietism; and one of the best hymn-writers of the period’ (p. 444). His hymns appeared in the Geistreiches Gesang-Buch (Halle, 1697); nine were in the important Pietist collection, Johann Anastasius Freylinghausen*’s Geist-reiches Gesang-Buch, den Kern alter und neuer Lieder (Halle, 1704), and a further 14 in Freylinghausen’s Neues Geist-reiches Gesang-Buch (Halle, 1714). JJ noted three hymns...

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