Michael Praetorius | Nathaniel Biebert

Nathaniel Biebert

Michael Praetorius and a Flowering of Lutheran Worship

A century before Bach (1685–1750), Michael Praetorius (1571–1621), son of a Lutheran pastor, was a singular and pioneering musical force in the Lutheran world. This presentation provides an overview of his life, work, and influence. In doing so, it will also show how principles and strategies evident in Praetorius’ work can still inform our choices today—resulting in a creative and vibrant worship that is distinctively Lutheran.

Bio | Nathaniel Biebert

After serving as a tutor in Nebraska and ministering to congregations in central Wisconsin and Austin, Texas, Nathaniel Biebert now shepherds Trinity in Winner, S.D. He has visited Praetorius sites in Germany, including Wolfenbüttel, and his translation Heaven Is My Fatherland (Wipf and Stock, 2020) is the first stand-alone biography of Praetorius in English.