Johann Schelle

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Johann Schelle (Geising, Erzgebirge 6 September 1648 – Leipzig 10 March 1701) was a German Baroque composer.

From 1655 to 1657 he was a choirboy in Dresden and pupil of Heinrich Schütz.[1] From 1657 to 1664 on Schütz's recommendation he was a singer in Wolfenbüttel. He was the cantor of the Thomanerchor, Leipzig, from 1677 to 1701. In 1689/90 he collaborated on a cycle of chorale cantatas with Leipzig theologian Benedict Carpzov.[2]

Works, editions and recordings

Over 200 compositions by Schelle are listed, but only 47 survive. During his life the only work printed was Christus ist des Gesetzes Ende, Leipzig 1684.


  • Schelle: Actus Musicus auf Wey-Nachten Gundula Anders (soprano), Andreas Scholl (alto), Wilfried Jochens (tenor), Harry van der Kamp (bass). Musica Fiata, Roland Wilson. DHM.
  • Sacred Music by Johann Schelle, King's Consort. Hyperion Records