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Freydt, Johann Ludwig (1748-1807)


Lieblichkeiten, die nicht auszusprechen (#46)

Soprano, fagotto obl, strings, organ

score H 235, H 235.1a, parts S 119


Wiederholdt’s mit süssen Tӧnen (#73)

Soprano, fagotto solo (in score) or ‘cello obbligato (in parts), strings, continuo

score H 236.1, parts S 145.1


O mӧcht’ sich mit lebend'gen Farben  (#52)

Soprano, fagotto, strings, continuo

score H 237, parts S 64.1


Eins bitte ich vom Herrn (#22)

Soprano, fagotto, strings, continuo

score H 240


Welch süsser Ton du ewiger Gottes Sohn (#71)

SATB, fagotto obl, strings, horns, organo

score H 255.1, H 296.2, parts L 54


Alles was Othem hat (#3)

SSAB, fagotto obl, strings, horns, organo obl,

score H 317.2


The numers with # refer to the incipits in the thesis

“Johann Ludwig Freydt (1748-1807) a Moravian composer”, Suzanne Summerville, Berlin 1977.


Copies of scores and parts were obtained are from the Moravian Music Foundation,



Sources were from the following specific collections:

S: Salem, North Carolina, congregation collection

H: Johannes Herbst collection, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

B: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, congregation collection

L: Lititz, Pennsylvania, congregation collection 


I am grateful to Dr Suzanne Summerville, Fairbanks, Alaska, and Rev. Dr. Nola Reed Knouse, Winston-Salem, North Carolina for their help in documenting and obtaining copies of these works.



Freydt, son of a Prussian officer, taught himself the violin and flute at an early age and at 19 in 1767, joined the Royal Footguards band in Hannover as a bassoonist. He joined the Moravian Church aged 29, left the military, and taught at the Moravian school at Niesky in Saxony, east of Dresden. He wrote many works that became popular in the Moravian church and are still retained in collections in Europe and North America.