Hans Kotter

(c1480 - 1541)

German organist and composer. He studied with Hofhaimer from 1498 to 1500, was organist at the Saxon court at Torgau until 1508, and then held posts at Freiburg im Breisgau and Fribourg (Switzerland) from whence he was expelled, after imprisonment and torture, as a Protestant in 1530. From 1534 he was a schoolmaster in Bern. His organ book, compiled between 1513 and 1522, contains the first German dances for organ, transcriptions of pieces by Hofhaimer , Josquin , Isaac and others, and ten preludes of his own in a not entirely idiomatic style.

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