Gottfried August Homilius (2 February 1714 - 2 June 1785) was a German composer, cantor and organist. He was the main representative of the empfindsamer style.
Born in Rosenthal, Saxony, the son of a Lutheran pastor, Homilius first studied at the Annenschule in Dresden. He later studied music in Leipzig under none other than Johann Sebastian Bach. From 1742 he was back in Dresden as organist at the Frauenkirche, from 1755 to its destruction in 1760 cantor at the Kreuzkirche in Dresden (it was not rebuilt in his lifetime) and from 1755 until his death thirty years later music director of the three main churches of Dresden, but working mainly at the Frauenkirche.
1.1 Passions and oratorios,
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Homilius predominantly composed church music: more than 10 passions (one printed in 1775; his St. Matthew Passion, particularly outstanding in the preclassical style of C.P.E. Bach and an extremely worthy successor of J.S. Bach's best-known work of the same name, has been recorded on CD), an oratorio for Christmas (1777) and one for Easter, over 60 motets, more than 150 cantatas (six arias from these appeared in 1786), chorales, preludes, and choral works. His students included eminent composer Daniel Gottlob Türk. His vocal compositions enjoyed great popularity through the 19th century, as witnessed by the large number of copies still extant. A complete worklist and edition is in preparation at Carus Verlag; the Homilius-Werkverzeichnis numbers (HoWV) follow the dissertation of Karl Feld and the new edition of Uwe Wolf.
Passions and oratorios:
HoWV 1.2 Passionskantate "Ein Lämmlein geht und trägt die Schuld"/"Siehe das ist Gottes Lamm..."/Mit väterlicher Stimme",
HoWV 1.3 Matthäuspassion "Ein Lämmlein geht und trägt die Schuld"/"Und es begab sich"/"Erfüllt mit göttlich ernsten Freuden",
HoWV 1.4 Johannespassion "Der Fromme stirbt",
HoWV 1.5 Lukaspassion "Du starker Keltertreter",
HoWV 1.10 Markuspassion,
Weihnachtsoratorium. "Die Freude der Hirten"