Born: Ap­ril 9, 1598, Groß-Bree­sen/Nie­der­laus­itz, Prussia (near Gu­ben an der Neiße, on the pre­sent Po­lish bor­der).

Died: Feb­ru­a­ry 23, 1662, Ber­lin, Ger­ma­ny.

Buried: Ni­ko­lai­kirche, Ber­lin, Ger­ma­ny.

Crüger began stu­dy­ing the­ol­o­gy in Wit­ten­berg in 1620. In 1622, he be­came or­gan­ist of the Ni­ko­lai­kirche (St. Ni­ko­lai Church) in Ber­lin. He was a friend of Paul Ger­hardt, and wrote mel­o­dies for ma­ny hymns by Ger­hardt and others. Crüger com­posed sa­cred works for chor­al and in­stru­ment­al per­form­ances, and was al­so a mu­sic­ol­o­gist and wrote about the the­o­ry and prac­tice of mu­sic. In 1640, Crüger ed­it­ed a hymn­al, ti­tled (be­gin­ning with the 1647 edi­tion) Prax­is Pie­ta­tis Mel­i­ca. His other works in­clude:



  1. Allmächtiger Gott
  2. Auf, auf, mein Herz
  3. Gräfenberg
  4. Herr, Ich Habe Missgehandelt
  5. Herzliebster Jesu
  6. Ho­ly Ghost
  7. Jesu, Meine Freude
  8. Luise
  9. Nun Danket
  10. O Jesus Christ, dein Kripplein
  11. Obla­tion
  12. Schmücke Dich
  13. St. Mary Magdalene
  14. Zeuch Ein