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Thomas Selle
1599 - 1663
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T. Selle
Thomas Selle (23/03/1599 - 02/07/1663), a German composer, born in Zörbig, (Saxony). He may have attended the Thomasschule in Leipzig before beginning studies at the university in the summer of 1622. While in Leipzig he may have studied with Sethus Calvisius, the Thomaskantor. His appointments included Kantor at Heide (1624), rector at Wesselburen (1625), Kantor at Itzehoe (May 1634) and at the Johanneum in Hamburg (12 Aug. 1641). He was also civic director of church music in Hamburg. Selle wrote vocal music exclusively, though in a wide variety of forms and styles. Schein, Scheidt, and Praetorius seem to have been significant influences on him. His Johannespassion (1641) is the first Passion to include instrumental interludes.
Contributor:Tassos Dimitriadis (picture)
Ein Deutsches Requiem
Musical form:free
Text/libretto:German Bible verses
Non-liturgical but related to the Requiem Mass are the numerous so-called 'German Requiems' and other compositions bearing in some form the title 'Requiem'. Composers such as Schütz, Praetorius, Thomas Selle, Michael Haydn, Schubert, J.I. Müller, C. Bütner, J.F. Fasch and Brahms contributed to this category. These 'German Requiems' may derive their texts from the Lutheran Bible, as Brahms's did, of from a variety of Protestant liturgical sources and ceremonies.
Author:James W. Pruett
Source:The new Grove dictionary of music and musicians