Above: Moravian Logo
Scan by Kenneth Randolph Taylor
JOHANN LUDWIG FREYDT (FEBRUARY 18, 1748-JANUARY 4, 1807)
German Moravian Composer and Educator
Johann Ludwig Freydt, the son of a Prussian army officer, was a natural musician. He taught himself to play the flute and the violin prior to receiving formal training at Strassfurt. In 1767 he became a bassoonist in the band of the Royal Footguards at Hannover. Ten years later he joined the Unitas Fratrum and started working at the Moravian school at Niesky, Germany. Our saint’s coworker, Christian Ignatius LaTrobe (1758-1836), praised his talent. Freydt taught until 1805, when bad health forced him to retire. He spent his final years at Niesky, teaching music to children and revising his earlier compositions. He died on January 4, 1807.
Freydt was a prolific composer whose works were popular in Moravian musical collections in Europe and America in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Among his compositions was Alles was Othem hat, for two horns, two flutes, strings, organ, and SSAB choir.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
JANUARY 17, 2015 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF SAINT ANTONY OF EGYPT, DESERT FATHER
THE FEAST OF SAINT BERARD AND HIS COMPANIONS, ROMAN CATHOLIC MARTYRS IN MOROCCO
THE FEAST OF EDMUND HAMILTON SEARS, UNITARIAN PASTOR AND HYMN WRITER
THE FEAST OF RUTHERFORD BIRCHARD HAYES, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Eternal God, light of the world and Creator of all that is good and lovely:
We bless your name for inspiring Johann Ludwig Freydt
and all those who with music have filled us with desire and love for you;
through Jesus Christ our Savior, who with you and the Holy Spirit
lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Chronicles 29:14b-19
2 Corinthians 3:1-3
John 21:15-17, 24-25
–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 728