Born: December 5, 1532, Hersbruck (near Nürnberg), Germany.

Died: May 24, 1592, Leipzig, Germany

Nikolaus was the son of Ge­org Sel­neck­er, pro­to­nar­i­us to the Nürn­berg ma­gis­tra­cy. In 1536, the fam­i­ly moved to Nürn­berg. At age 12, Ni­ko­laus be­came or­gan­ist at the Kai­ser­burg cha­pel in Nürn­berg. He went to the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Wit­ten­berg in 1530 (where he be­came a fav­or­ite pupil of Me­lanch­thon). He grad­u­at­ed M.A. in 1554, and sub­se­quent­ly lec­tured as a pri­vat­do­cent, some­times to 200 stu­dents. At the end of 1557 he was ap­point­ed sec­ond court preach­er at Dres­den, and tu­tor to the heir ap­par­ent Prince Alex­an­der, al­so sup­er­vis­ing the ed­u­ca­tion of the choir boys of the roy­al chapel. He was or­dained at Wit­ten­berg January 6, 1558.



  1. Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ
  2. Christus der wahre Gottes Sohn
  3. Hilf, Herr, mein Gott, in dieser Noth
  4. Lass mich dein sein und bleiben
  5. O Herre Gott, in meiner Noth
  6. Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ
  7. Wir danken dir, o treuer Gott


  1. Nun Lasst Uns Gott den Herren

If you know Sel­neck­er’s bur­i­al place