Leonhard Paminger

(1495 - 1567)

Austrian composer, After studying in Vienna, he settled in Passau in 1513 as teacher (later Rector) at St Nicholas school, but had to give up his post by, at latest, 1558 on account of his Protestant beliefs. A friend of Luther and Melancthon, he wrote controversial religious pamphlets as well as a collection of motets (posthumously published), designed to provide music for the whole Lutheran year. Their style ranges from the simple and chordal to the richly imitative; Paminger also contributed some secular songs to Ott's collection.

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