Michael Praetorius

1571 - 1621

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Michael Praetorius (probably 28 September 1571 – 15 February 1621) was a German composer, organist, and music theorist. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Michael Praetorius has received more than 348,857 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Michael Praetorius is the 204th most popular composer (down from 194th in 2019), the 812th most popular biography from Germany (down from 709th in 2019) and the 30th most popular German Composer.

Michael Praetorius is most famous for his work as a composer and organist.

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Among composers, Michael Praetorius ranks 204 out of 1,451Before him are Johann Joachim Quantz, Ludwig Minkus, Niels Gade, Eugène Ysaÿe, André Grétry, and Alexander von Zemlinsky. After him are Gilles Binchois, Alessandro Marcello, Steve Reich, Angelo Badalamenti, Pauline Viardot, and James Horner.

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Among people born in 1571, Michael Praetorius ranks 7Before him are Johannes Kepler, Caravaggio, Abbas the Great, Frederick de Houtman, Hasekura Tsunenaga, and Emperor Go-Yōzei. After him are Thomas Mun, Mulla Sadra, Ferdinand, Prince of Asturias, Willem Blaeu, Charles, Duke of Guise, and Charles Bonaventure de Longueval, 2nd Count of Bucquoy. Among people deceased in 1621, Michael Praetorius ranks 8Before him are Pope Paul V, Robert Bellarmine, Albert VII, Archduke of Austria, Thomas Harriot, Cosimo II de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, and Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck. After him are Şehzade Mehmed, Jan Karol Chodkiewicz, Cristofano Allori, Catherine Stenbock, Maria Christina, Princess of Transylvania, and Antoine de Montchrestien.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Michael Praetorius ranks 812 out of 7,253Before him are Herschel Grynszpan (1921), Hugo Sperrle (1885), Agnes of Merania (1175), Boris Becker (1967), Sabine Bergmann-Pohl (1946), and Ernest, Elector of Saxony (1441). After him are Philip I, Landgrave of Hesse (1504), Walter Hallstein (1901), Albert of Brandenburg (1490), Wilhelm Windelband (1848), Günther Prien (1908), and Hermann of Reichenau (1013).

Among COMPOSERS In Germany

Among composers born in Germany, Michael Praetorius ranks 30Before him are Fanny Mendelssohn (1805), Max Bruch (1838), Kurt Weill (1900), Max Reger (1873), Louis Spohr (1784), and Johann Joachim Quantz (1697). After him are Johann Ambrosius Bach (1645), Eduard Künneke (1885), Johann Adolph Hasse (1699), Duchess Maria Antonia of Bavaria (1724), Johann Christoph Bach (1642), and Johann Mattheson (1681).