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Benjamin Schmolck

Benjamin Schmolck (21 December 1672 – 12 February 1737) was a German Lutheran composer of hymns.

He was born a pastor's son in Brauchitschdorf (Chróstnik), Silesia. After attending the gymnasium in Liegnitz (Legnica), he studied theology at the University of Leipzig from 1693 to 1697. In 1702 he was ordained as a deacon at the Protestant Church of Peace and in 1714 as the pastor of the Church of the Holy Trinity in Schweidnitz (Świdnica), where he stayed for the rest of his life. Influenced by the pietism movement he became the most popular hymn writer of his day. His compositions include My Jesus as Thou Wilt and A faithful friend is wandering yonder. One of his pupils was the poet Johann Christian Günther.

Schmolck died in Schweidnitz.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 21st, 1672 (Legnica), Died February 12th, 1737 (Świdnica)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1902 - 1903

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1426 7-in. 6/11/1902 My Jesus, as Thou wilt Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1426 10-in. 6/11/1902 My Jesus, as Thou wilt Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo lyricist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Schmolck, Benjamin," accessed August 5, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109937.

Schmolck, Benjamin. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 5, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109937.

"Schmolck, Benjamin." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 5 August 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109937

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