Johann Sigismund Scholze

Johann Sigismund Scholze alias Sperontes (20 March 1705 in Lobendau bei Liegnitz (today Lubiatów near Złotoryja) 28 September 1750 in Leipzig) was a Silesian music anthologist and poet.


Little is known about the life of Scholze. He was the son of a clerk, and attended school in Liegnitz until the beginning of his studies in Leipzig. In 1729 he was in Leipzig, where on 3 January, he got married with the widow from Halle, with whom he had begun a relationship. The children died young. Only one survived him. His wife died on 12 February 1738. His own funeral in poorer shape was on 30 September 1750.[1] Stolze published under the pseudonym of Sperontes. We owe the discovery of the real identity of the poet to the musicologist Philipp Spitta, who published in 1885 a fundamental work Sperontes.[2]


The title page to Singende Müse an der Pleisse, a collection of strophic songs published in Leipzig in 1736, by Johann Sigismund Scholze.[3]
  • Sperontes, singende Muse an der Pleisse, Leipzig, 1736
  • Das Kätzgen, ein Schäferspiel, Leipzig 1746
  • Die Kirms, Leipzig 1746
  • Das Strumpfband, Leipzig 1748
  • Der Frühling
  • Der Winter


  • Robert L. Marshall and Dianne M. McMullen's article in new Grove Dictionary of Music
  • P. Spitta: 'Sperontes "Singende Muse an der Pleisse": zur Geschichte des deutschen Hausgesanges im 18. Jahrhundert', 1885
  • A. Kopp: 'Gedichte von Günther und Sperontes im Volksgesang', Zeitschrift für deutsche Philologie, xxvii, 1895
  • J.W. Smeed: German Song and its Poetry, 1740–1900, 1987
  • S. Kross: Geschichte des deutschen Liedes, 1989)


  1. ^ Reinhard Kade: Johann Sigismund Scholze. In: Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB). Band 32, Duncker & Humblot, Leipzig 1891, S. 231–233.
  2. ^ Philipp Spitta: Sperontes' „Singende Muse an der Pleiße“, Vierteljahresschrift für Musikwissenschaft 1 1885, S. 35–126 und 350–355
  3. ^ "The Face of Bach by Teri Noel Towe". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2007. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) – web page on accessed 2012-10-29, the original page is no longer accessible

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