He began his career as a composer and bass cantor in the chapel of Frederick the Wise at the age of 21. It was a position he would hold until Frederick’s death in 1525. By this time, he was the director of the chapel and had become and outspoken musical spokesman for Lutherans. Walter was consulted by Martin Luther in the construction of the first Protestant hymnal, Geistliches gesangbuchlein, in 1523, and for the German-language Deutsche Messe produced in 1527. Following the conclusion his appointment to Frederick’s chapel, Walter became cantor for the Torgau town choir in 1525, a post he would hold until 1554 when he was named court composer for Moritz, Duke of Saxony in Dresden. While in Dresden, Walter composed a responsorial Passion in German.
In earlier musical versions of the Passion story the entire narrative was a succession of polyphonic motets, but Walter used a monophonic reciting tone for the Evangelist and dramatis personae, reserving for the people and disciples simple falsobordone (chordal) polyphony. Walter did not remain in Dresden very long, and by 1554 he had accepted a pension from the duke and returned to Torgau, where he remained for the rest of his life. He died on 25 March 1570. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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