Conrad Paumann (c. 1410 – January 24, 1473) was a German organist, lutenist and composer of the early Renaissance. Even though he was born blind, he was one of the most talented musicians of the 15th century, and his performances created a sensation wherever he went. He is grouped among the composers known as the Colorists. He was born in Nuremberg to a family of craftsmen. His musical ability must have become apparent early, for he received an excellent training with the support of aristocratic patrons. In 1447 he became the official town organist of Nuremberg. As rebellious as he was talented, Paumann left what was probably a stifling environment, traveling secretly to Munich in 1450 where he was immediately employed by Duke Albrecht III as court organist. His renown as a performer and composer grew. Milan and Naples both made him attractive job offers. . During this time he also had numerous students. Unquestionably his influence had much to do with the subsequent development of a culture of organ-playing and composition in Germany, a tradition which culminated in the 18th century with the work of J.S. Bach.
Paumann's epitaph in the Munich Frauenkirche reads:
“Anno 1473, on the evening of St. Paul's conversion died and was here buried the most ingenious master of all instruments and music, Cunrad Pauman, knight, born blind at Nuremberg, God have mercy upon him.”
I know little about the performance practices of his music, but do love "Mit ganczem willen wünsch ich dir" (With all my being I wish you well). The lovely Führer organ seemed very attractive for this work, which I played twice - varying only the registration.