Ulrich Leupold

Ulrich (Siegfried) Leupold. Musicologist, Lutheran minister, administrator, b Berlin 15 Jan 1909, d Kitchener, Ont, 9 Jun 1970; PH D musicology (Berlin) 1932, honorary DD (Knox College) 1969. His father was an organist, his mother a voice teacher.

Leupold, Ulrich

Ulrich (Siegfried) Leupold. Musicologist, Lutheran minister, administrator, b Berlin 15 Jan 1909, d Kitchener, Ont, 9 Jun 1970; PH D musicology (Berlin) 1932, honorary DD (Knox College) 1969. His father was an organist, his mother a voice teacher. He emigrated in 1938 to the USA, settling briefly in Toledo, O, before moving in 1939 to Kitchener, Ont, where he was ordained. He served as a pastor in Kitchener and Maynooth, Ont, until 1945, when he taught New Testament theology and church music at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary and was music director at Waterloo College (see Wilfrid Laurier University). He became dean, and in 1968 principal, of the seminary.

One of the first trained musicologists to settle in Canada, Leupold was a specialist in Lutheran church music. He contributed to many musical and theological journals and reference books and edited collections and individual pieces of church music. He served on many Lutheran and ecumenical councils, in 1965 was chairman of the committee on music of the Lutheran Church of America Commission on Worship, and in 1966 was president of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies.

See also Lutherans.

Selected Writings

Die liturgischen Gesänge der evangelischen Kirche im Zeitalter der Aufklärung und der Romantik, PH D thesis (Kassel 1933)

'Musical echoes,' Canada Lutheran, Mar 1941-Oct 1961 (series of articles appearing irregularly)

The Two-Staff Organ Book, 2 vol (Wat 1948, 1953)

The Church Choir, 2 vol (Wat 1950, 1951)

Liturgical Chorale Book (Augsberg 1955)

Organ Book (Chantry Music Press 1962)

A Manual on Intoning (Fortress Press 1967)

- ed Luther's Works, vol 53, Liturgy and Hymns (Philadelphia 1967)

'Worship music in ancient Israel, its meaning and purpose,' Bulletin of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, 27, 1967; repr in Canadian J of Theology, vol 15, Jul-Oct 1969.

Laudamus: Hymnal for the Lutheran World Federation, 4th ed (Geneva 1970)

'Lied: Das Kirchenlied, 11, Nordamerika,' MGG, vol 8


Further Reading

  • Vita Laudanda: Essays in Memory of Ulrich S. Leupold, ed Erich R.W. Schultz (Waterloo 1976)