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Conrad Kocher wrote the hymn tune DIX, to which we sing "For the Beauty of the Earth." He was born in Germany in 1786. He studied piano and composition in St. Petersburg, Russia, then went to Rome, Italy for further study. Returning to Germany, he served as organist and choirmaster in the Stiftskirche in Stuttgart. Kocher was interested in the reformation of church music in Germany and founded the School of Sacred Music in 1821, which popularized four-part singing in churches. He received an honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Tubingen in 1852.
Kocher's works include an oratorio as well as some operas and sonatas. He contributed to and edited several chorale books and also wrote a treatise on church music, Die Tonkunst in der Kirche in 1823.
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