Thomas Stoltzer

Mixed chorus
Religious music
Sacred hymns
Folk music
Sacred songs
by popularity


Alvus tumescit virginesAnna regnum progeniesAve maris stella


Beata quoque agminaBeati omnes qui timent DominumBeatus auctor seculiBeatus vir, qui non abiitBenedicam Dominum in omni tempore


Christ ist erstandenChriste qui lux esClamat anus cum jubilo plenaComplete Latin Hymns and PsalmsConditor alme siderumConfestim montes adiitConscendit iubilansCum invocarum, exaudivit me


Deus misereatur nostriDie Welt die hat ein thummen mut


Entlaubet ist der WaldeErst wirdt erfrewt mein traurigs HerzErzürne dich nichtEs dringt doherEs müt vil leut


Foeno iacere pertulit


Genus superni luninisGloria, laus et honor


Haec Deum coeliHeimlich bin ich in Treuen deinHerr, wie lang wilt du mein so gar vergessenHoc in templo, summe Deus


Ich klag den tagIch stund an einem morgenIch wünsch alln Frauen Ehr durch einer FrauenIhrsgleichen lebt auf Erden nichtIn convertendo DominusIn cuius nunc praeconiaIn Domino confidoIn Gottes Namen fahren wirIn suprema nocte coenae


Janitor coeli, doctor orbis pariterJesus Christus nostre salus


König, ein Herr ob alle Reich


Laetatus sum in hisLaudate Dominum omnes gentes


Man sieht nun wohlMissa duplex per totum annumMissa paschalis


Nisi tu DomineNobis natus, nobis datusNon ex virili semine


O Gott Vater, du hast GewaltOcto tonorum melodiae quinque vocibusOmnes gentes plauditeOramus domine conditor


Primum virtutes igneae


Quae virgo peperitQuarta et sexta feriaQuem terra pontusQui luna sol et omniaQui pace ChristiQui paracletus dicerisQui pius prudensQui vagitus infantiaeQuo Christus, invictus LeoQuocunque pergis, virgines Sequuntur


Saepe expugnaverunt meSo wünsch ich ihm ein gute nachtSprevit hic mundi peritura


Te mane laudum carmineTrinitas sancta unitasqueTu cum virgineo mater honore


Unser grosse Sünde und schwere Missetat


Vos saecli iusti iudices
Thomas Stoltzer, also Stolczer, Scholczer (c.1480–1526) was a German composer of the Renaissance.
Nothing is known of Stoltzer's early life, though he is thought to have come from the same family as Clemens Stoltzer, who was a town clerk in Schweidnitz, and to have been born in Schweidnitz, Silesia. Stoltzer may have studied with Heinrich Finck; while no concrete evidence of this association exists, he was at the least intimately familiar with Finck's work since he quotes from Finck's music copiously.
He served as a priest in Breslau from 1519, and was a supporter of the Reformation, though he never made public his sentiments. Louis II appointed him magister capellae in Ofen at the Hungarian court on May 8, 1522. Ludwig's wife, Mary, asked him to set Martin Luther's translations of psalms xii, xiii, xxxviii and lxxxvi, which he did between 1524 and 1526. One personal letter of Stoltzer's is still extant, dated February 23, 1526 and addressed to Albert, Duke of Prussia in Königsberg; in this letter Stoltzer relates the news of a recently completed psalm setting and intimates that he would like to join Albrecht's court. On this letter, there is additional writing, dated March 1526, which refers to him as "the late Thomas". It was previously thought that he had died at the Battle of Mohács in August 1526, but this is erroneous. He is thought to have died near Znaim, Moravia.
Stoltzer's extant works amount to some 150 pieces, gathered in 30 publications and 60 manuscripts. None of them date from Stoltzer's own lifetime. Stoltzer was most popular in Saxony, in the areas most directly affected by the Reformation; Georg Rhau was one of his most dedicated printers, issuing at least 70 of Stoltzer's works in his publications. His works remained in general circulation in German-speaking countries up until the end of the 16th century. While he composed in all of the standard sacred forms of his day, he concentrated on motets. His early motets often make use of numerological signifiers of religious importance; later works show influence from the Netherlands school of composers, such as imitation and the use of multiple choirs. Among his most popular motets was O admirabile commercium, which survives today in 11 sources.
He composed four masses, as well as fourteen introits spanning the church year from Christmas to Easter. His hymns were particularly beloved by Rhau, who printed 39 of them in 1542.