Balthasar Arthopius

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Aliases: Bartholomaeus Artopius; Bartholomaeus Artocopus; Bartholomaeus Artopaeus; Bartholomaeus Arthophaeus


Born: ca. 1475

Died: July 1534


German organist and composer. Most of his works were published in southern Germany; worked in Speyer and Weißenburg. "The origin from Besigheim is based on the hypothesis that a Balthasar Pistoris von Besike is identical with Arthopius. … Matriculated at Heidelberg in 1498. He was organist in Weißenburg until 1531, then at Speyer Cathedral until his death. His art was widely praised by contemporaries. J. Micyllus composed an epitaph for him, which J. Heugel set to music in 1535. As a composer, he is one of the good average German musicians of his time. The sparse tradition of his work suggests that he dedicated himself particularly to composing polyphonic Latin psalms" (Deutsche Biographie).

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