VULPIUS, Melchior. b. Wasungen, near Meiningen, Thuringia, 1570; d. Weimar, 7 Aug 1615. His surname was originally Fuchs (‘Fox’); he latinised it to Vulpius (a common practice, cf. Paul Speratus*) during his time in Schleusingen, Thuringia, where, under the patronage of the court chaplain, A. Scherdinger, he became a teaching assistant at the Gymnasium in 1589; then, from 1591, Cantor choralis, and later Cantor figuralis. One can infer from a petition of September 1590 that at first Vulpius suffered great financial hardship in Schleusingen because of the very modest pay. His circumstances changed from 1592, as other musical appointments were gradually transferred to him. From 1596 until his...
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