German composer, great-nephew of
. Taught at the university of Wittenberg from 1554 and became its
organist in 1557. He published a few German songs and Latin
motets, but is chiefly important for the 5-volume Practica
Musica, a comprehensive treatise on many aspects of the art of
music. In particular he praised Gombert as the greatest master of
imitative composition, and condemned the current ornamental
German organ style as noisy and amorphous.