Edition and documentation of the history of his work

As part of a 4-year project, funded by the German Research Foundation, the edition and work-historical documentation of Johann Crüger’s (1598-1662) Praxis Pietatis Melica has been prepared. Thereby one of the most important hymnals of the seventeenth century has been made accessible, a work also significant to emerging Pietism. At present many of his hymns are the most familiar. Crüger served as cantor at the Nikolaikirche in Berlin and may be called the discoverer of Paul Gerhardt (1607-76), one of the pastors of that church. The majority of Gerhardt’s hymns appeared in Praxis Pietatis Melica for the first time. The basis of the edition comprises the tenth edition of this work, the last to appear in Crüger’s lifetime and supervised by him. The first volume of the edition was printed in 2014. The other volumes will successively be published in the Francke Foundations Publishing House during the next few years.

Edition:
Johann Crüger: Praxis Pietatis Melica. Edition und Dokumentation der Werkgeschichte. Im Auftrag der Franckeschen Stiftungen zu Halle hrsg. von Hans-Otto Korth und Wolfgang Miersemann unter Mitarbeit von Maik Richter.
Bd. I/1: Johann Crüger: Praxis Pietatis Melica. EDITIO X. (Berlin 1661). Teil 1: Text. Halle 2014.
Bd. I/2: Johann Crüger: Praxis Pietatis Melica. EDITIO X. (Berlin 1661). Teil 2: Apparat. Halle 2015.
Bd. I/3: Johann Habermann: Gebätbüchlein (Berlin 1661). Text und Apparat (in progress, expected to appear 2016).
Bd. II/1: Praxis Pietatis Melica. Bibliographie und Dokumente zur Werkgeschichte. Mit einem Notenteil (in progress, expected to appear 2017).
Bd. II/2: Praxis Pietatis Melica. Überblick über die Entwicklung des Liedbestands (in progress, expected to appear 2016).

Project leaders:

Prof. Dr. Thomas Müller-BahlkeDirector Prof. Dr. Thomas Müller-Bahlke (Director) Prof. Dr. Thomas Müller-BahlkeDirector phone+49 345 2127 400 (Sekretariat)fax+49 345 2127 433

Dr. Britta KlosterbergChief Librarian and Head of Study Centre Dr. Britta Klosterberg (Chief Librarian and Head of Study Centre) Dr. Britta KlosterbergChief Librarian and Head of Study Centre phone+49 345 2127 412 (Sekretariat)

Project members:

Dr. Wolfgang Miersemann Dr. Wolfgang Miersemann Dr. Wolfgang Miersemann phone+49 345 2127 471

Dr. Hans-Otto Korth Dr. Hans-Otto Korth Dr. Hans-Otto Korth phone+49 345 2127 471

Maik Richter, M.A.

Project duration: 1.5.2011 bis 30.4.2015

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