1598–1662
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Ap­ril 9, 1598, Groß-Bree­sen, Pruss­ia (near Gu­ben an der Neiße, on the pres­ent Pol­ish bor­der).

Feb­ru­a­ry 23, 1662, Ber­lin, Ger­ma­ny.

Ni­ko­lai­kir­che, Ber­lin, Ger­ma­ny.

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Crüger be­gan stu­dy­ing the­ol­o­gy in Wi­tt­enberg in 1620. In 1622, he be­came or­gan­ist of the Ni­ko­lai­kir­che in Be­rlin.

He was a friend of Paul Ger­hardt, and wrote mel­o­dies for ma­ny hymns by Ger­hardt and others. Crü­ger com­posed sac­red works for cho­ral and ins­tru­men­tal per­for­manc­es, and was also a mu­sic­ol­o­gist, writ­ing about the the­o­ry and prac­tice of mu­sic.

In 1640, Crü­ger ed­it­ed a hym­n­al ti­tled (be­gin­ning with the 1647 ed­i­tion) Prax­is Pi­e­ta­tis Me­li­ca. His other works in­clude:

  1. Allmächtiger Gott
  2. Auf, Auf, Mein Herz
  3. Eliada
  4. Gräfenberg
  5. Herr, Ich Habe Miss­ge­han­delt
  6. Herrnhut
  7. Herzliebster Je­su
  8. Holy Ghost
  9. Jesu, Meine Freude
  10. Jesu, Meine Zu­ver­sicht
  11. Jesus Chris­tus, Un­ser Hei­land
  12. Luise
  13. Nun Dan­ket
  14. O Je­su Christ, Dein Kripp­lein
  15. Oblation
  16. Schmücke Dich
  17. St. Ma­ry Mag­da­lene
  18. Wie Soll Ich
  19. Zeuch Ein