Gregor Aichinger

(1564 - 1628)

German composer and priest. Between 1578 and 1584 and after 1588 he studied in Ingolstadt and served the Fugger family there and in Augsburg. The years 1584-7 he spent in Venice, studying with Giovanni Gabrieli, and in Rome. At the time of his death he was singer and canon at St Gertrude in Augsburg. He published at least eighteen volumes of church music, whose clear textures and flowing counterpoint show the influence of Lassus and of the contemporary Roman school. He cultivated the Venetian style, was one of the first Germans to imitate Viadana, and also wrote some purely instrumental music.

IVK: Orlandus Lassus and Catholic Polyphony in late 16th Century Germany