Balthasar Resinarius (Harzer)

(c.1486 - 1544)

German composer. A chorister under Isaac in Maximilian I's court chapel; became a Catholic priest in the service of Hans von Salhausen, but was an early convert to Lutheranism and an important member of the first generation of Protestant composers. His 80 responsories, issued by Rhaw in 1543, were Latin pieces aimed at the Lutheran schools, and he was generously represented in Rhaw's chorale collection of 1544 by some thirty settings, on the whole conservative in their cantus firmus style, imitative writing, and old-fashioned (under-third) cadences. One of these works is a Te Deum for two choirs in alternation.

IVC: Evangelical Church Music