Werner Fabricius

1633 – 1679

He was an organist and composer of note, was born April 10, 1633, at Itzehoe, Holstein.

As a boy he studied music under his father, Albert Fabricius, organist in Flensburg, and Paul Moth, the Cantor there.

He went to the Gymnasium in Hamburg, where Thomas Selle and Heinrich Scheidemann were his teachers in music.

In 1650 he went to the Leipzig University, studying philosophy, theology, and law; in the latter he became a fully qualified ‘Notar’.

He was appointed Musik-Director of the Paulinerkirche, Leipzig, in 1656, and in 1658 was also appointed organist to the Nicolaikirche.

Although he tried for the post of Cantor to the Thomaikirche in March 1658, he was not elected.

He was married July 3, 1665, and one son survived him, Johann Albert Fabricius.

He died January 9, 1679, at Leipzig, forty-five years old, according to the contemporary account of him is Musica Davidica, oder Davids Musik, bei der Leichbestattung des … Herrn Werneri Fabricii…durch Joh. Thilone, ad S. Nicolaum Ecclesiaste.. (See Monatshefte fur Musikgeschichte, 1875, p. 180). Eitner (Quellen-Lexikon) corrects the date of death, however, to April 9, 1679.