Leonhard Lechner – Life and Work

As a young man Leonhard Lechner entered the Bavarian court ensemble as a choirboy and pupil of Orlando di Lasso. In 1575 he became a school teacher in Nuremberg where he worked for just under ten years and was regarded as an “outstanding composer and musician”. He wrote the majority of his sacred works there as a member, resident composer and musical mentor to the bourgeois musical societies. In 1584 he was appointed court “Kapellmeister” in Hohenzollern-Hechingen, but fled after a dispute and in 1585 became a singer in the ensemble until finally in 1595, he was appointed court “Kapellmeister” at the Stuttgart court. Lechner followed in the tradition of his teacher Orlando di Lasso. He composed in the more traditional genres of motet, (parody-) mass and magnificat, but also placed importance on his collections of imagery-filled German lieder, which were written for several voices in contrapuntal, madrigal or “strophenlied” form.