Paminger, Leonhardt



Also spelled Paminger, Pamiger, Pammigerus and Pannigerus. German contrapuntist and a great friend of Luther's; noted for his churchmusic. He was born at Aschau, Upper Austria, and died at the Monastery of St. Nicholas at Passau, where he had studied, and where, after finishing his studies at Vienna in 1516, he became school rector and, later, secretary. Among his compositions are four books of motets, published at Nuremburg under the name Ecclesiasticarum cantiorum, by his sons, Balthaser, Sophonias and Sigismund, who were also composers and a few of whose compositions appeared therein. Paminger also wrote controversial tracts; and his compositions are among the collections of his time.