Tobias Michael

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Tobias Michael (13 June 1592, in Dresden – 26 June 1657, in Leipzig) was a German composer and cantor of the Thomasschule in Leipzig from 1631 until his death. He updated Johann Hermann Schein's Cantional in 1645. [1] He was son of the Flemish Rogier Michael (1552–1619).

Works, editions and recordings

Little of his music has been preserved. [2]

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  1. A history of baroque music p211 George J. Buelow – 2004 "Composed to replace the earlier hymnal by Calvisius, it contains 286 hymns (313 in the revised edition of 1645 by Schein's successor, Tobias Michael), most of them part of the Leipzig repertory of the St. Thomas and St. Nikolaus ..."
  2. The Leipzig Thomaner Chor Richard Petzoldt – 1962 – "Of the works of Tobias Michael not much has been preserved,"