In the organ loft of a church in Norden, Germany, I saw a list of the organists for that parish from the 1200s. It inspired me to create a list for my own church. We could trace our pastors back to the founding of the congregation but who directed the choirs and played the organ was lost beyond the 1930s and 1940s.
With the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation approaching in 2017, I was inspired to create a list of people who [self] identified as Lutheran and who wrote either hymn texts and/or music for Lutheran worship. Thus was born "the list."
I thought it would be a fairly simple project. It has not been. Also, it has been far more extensive than I ever dreamed. Never let it be said that the spirit of music in worship unleashed by Martin Luther is dead! Rather, it is alive and well in every place that Lutherans gather to worship.
While many write and adapt music each week for their choir or congregation, I have drawn the line at those whose music is broadly and commercially available.
This is a perpetual list, one to be added to as the years roll by and God's praises are sung in Lutheran congregations around the world.
Here is the list. The things I am looking for are:
Who needs to be on this list that isn't?
Who is on this list that shouldn't be? The criteria to be on here is, [self] identified as Lutheran and writing hymns or other compositions for wide congregational usage in Lutheran churches and other Lutheran settings. While many write music for use by their choirs and congregations, I am looking for people, past and present, whose work is broadly disseminated and commercially available.
I am missing a lot of dates especially for people still living; please e-mail me any information you may have regarding them.