Melchior Teschner

TESCHNER, Melchior. b. Fraustadt, Silesia (now Wschowa, Poland), 29 April 1584; d. Oberpritschen (now Przyczyna Górna, Poland), 1 December 1635. He was educated at Fraudstadt (he may have been taught by Valerius Herberger*, with whom he was later to be associated) and at the University of Frankfurt an der Oder, where he studied Philosophy, Theology and Music, the last taught by Bartholomäus Gesius*. In 1609 he was appointed Kantor at the Lutheran Church at Fraustadt known as the ‘Kripplein Christi’ (‘the little crib of Christ’), formed when the Lutherans were ejected from the Stadtkirche (see ‘Herberger’). In 1613 Herberger wrote a hymn describing his amazing survival from the plague,...

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