German composer, born in Nuremberg. Pupil of Staden; sang and played violin at the Sunday afternoon Frauenkirche concerts while in his teens; visited Italy at city council expense in 1635; returned in 1636 to become second organist at the Frauenkirche; served as organist at Schwäbisch Hall in 1640, but soon returned to his home city as organist in the Egidienkirche, remaining there until his death. Wecker, Schwemmer, and J. Agricola were among his pupils. He issued thirteen publications at Nuremberg between 1639 and 1653; his music shows some idiomatic conception, with organ works using obbligato pedal and violin music calling for scordatura. Contrasting solo and choral movements in his cantatas and recitative passages in his dialogues are progressive traits, while his concertato pieces reflect his Italian training and are suggestive of Schütz's work. Other music includes arias, sonatas, and suites.