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Pepping, Ernst (1901–1981)

  1. George Thomas Kurian

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1067

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Kurian, G. T. 2011. Pepping, Ernst (1901–1981). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


German composer who led the movement to revive church music. He wrote a large number of organ pieces and Lutheran liturgical settings that combine polyphony with diatonic harmony. His first work was the Choralsuite, a collection of seven unaccompanied chorale motets. In 1931 he published another cycle of six motets (Deutsche Choralmesse), whose favorable reception led to a position in the Spandau Church Music School in Berlin. Over the next decade he composed more than 250 settings in two to six voices for his Spandau Chord Book (1934–1941), the largest collection of chorales since 1637. His chorale settings require just three voices. Arranged according to their liturgical function, they are in the same keys as in the hymnal so as to encourage congregational singing. Another collection of chorale settings appeared in 1959 as Neues Choralbuch, based on hymns of the evangelical church arranged according to the church year.


  • Pepping, Ernst (1901–1981);
  • German composer, movement to revive church music;
  • choralsuite, seven unaccompanied chorale motets