Kocher, Conrad

Composer

b Ditzingen, nr Stuttgart, Germany 1786, d Stuttgart 1872. He left home at 17 to work at St Petersburg as a tutor. While there he heard the works of Haydn and Mozart and resolved on a musical career. Influenced by M Clementi he travelled to Rome in 1819, where a study of Palestrina persuaded him of the need of reform of church music in his native Germany. On his return to Stuttgart he founded a School of Sacred Song which influenced not only the Würtemburg area but encouraged 4- part singing in many parts of the country. From 1827 to 1865 he was organist of Stuttgart’s Stiftskirche, contributing several tunes to the hymnals he had a share in revising. Among his compositions were 2 operas and an oratorio, and he compiled a chorale collection (1855) and wrote a treatise on church music (1853). PhD Tübingen, 1852. But for most congregations it is one ‘standard’ hymn tune which preserves his name today. No.386.

Tunes and arrangements by Kocher, Conrad

Tune Name
Dix