Elias Mertel (1561 - 1626)
Elias Mertel (ca. 1561-1626) was a German lutenist, composer and intabulator of the Late Renaissance era. He was originally from Wangenbourg and worked in the employ of Friedrich IV until 1595, then becoming financial manager in the Academy of Strasbourg. He published collections of lute music, notably Hortus Musicalis in Strasbourg in 1615 including fantasies, preludes and fugues. Authorship of the work is uncertain.