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Heinrich Schütz


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Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) was a German composer and organist, generally regarded as the most important German composer before Johann Sebastian Bach, and often considered to be one of the most important composers of the first half of the seventeenth century along with Claudio Monteverdi. He wrote what is thought to be the first German opera, Dafne, performed at Torgau in 1627; the music has since been lost, however. He is commemorated as a musician in the Calendar of Saints of the Lutheran Church on 28th July, with Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel. He was buried in the Dresden Frauenkirche.

Schütz’s compositions show the influence of his teacher Giovanni Gabrieli (displayed most notably in Schütz’s use of resplendent polychoral and concertato styles) and of Monteverdi. Additionally, the influence of the Dutch composers of the sixteenth century is also prominent in his work. His best known works are in the field of sacred music, ranging from solo voice with instrumental accompaniment to a cappella choral music. Schütz’s music, while starting off in the most progressive styles early in his career, eventually grows into a style that is simple and almost austere, culminating in his late Passion settings. Practical considerations were certainly responsible for part of this change: the Thirty Years’ War had devastated the musical infrastructure of Germany, and it was no longer practical or even possible to put on the gigantic works in the Venetian style which marked his earlier period.


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    Jacob van Eyck is a very interesting artist.. listen to him.

    17 Jul 11:29am Reply
  • GraveOzz

    One of the best.

    31 Mar 10:56pm Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    Goed !

    1 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Bassquiat

    Heinrich Schutz - Symphonaie Sacrae - free download from mediafire:

    30 Jan 2014 Reply
  • GlennGulda

    Only two shouts in the past two and a halve years, INSANE! Musicalische Exequien (Lionel Meunier / Vox Luminis) is GOD tier music :)

    29 Jan 2013 Reply
  • gateofnanna

    The Sacred Symphony is fucking amazing

    14 Nov 2012 Reply
  • headey

    The album listing doesn't seem to show The Christmas Story

    16 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Seavas

    You all need to check out Heinrich Schütz' friend and contemporary Johann Hermann Schein.

    5 Jun 2010 Reply
  • sinisha

    Essence of baroque masterfully transcended into musical form!

    11 May 2010 Reply
  • marco244

    On Tour?I laughed...

    31 Mar 2010 Reply
  • TheTrueSeker

    This guy is quickly becoming one of my favorite baroque composers.

    31 Jan 2010 Reply
  • AnneChovie

    I just got the "Musikalische Exequien" with Philippe Herreweghe on Harmonia Mundi - at mid price, and it’s wonderful. I have the same work on a Naxos CD and I wouldn’t want to be without either of them, but the coupling on the Naxos a “Seven Last Words” work, is also really great. I recommend them both.

    20 Jan 2010 Reply
  • AnneChovie

    Love his music very much

    17 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Vaaram

    There a over 5000! And me, I love his music since ever before! :)

    17 Dec 2009 Reply
  • bramin22

    Why are there only 1100 listeners for Schutz???

    9 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Svenyr

    Great stuff

    13 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Seavas

    Also die Scobble-Divergenz zwischen den bekannten und den weniger bekannten Meistern des Barock und der Renaissance ist schon erschreckend, Schütz braucht mehr Hörer!

    24 Feb 2009 Reply
  • medvedev

    Opus Ultimum (Schwanengesang) gefällt mir am meisten. Dieses war seine letzte vertonung eines Psalmes (119), was er für sein Begräbnis schuf.

    6 Dec 2008 Reply
  • snader

    His psalm settings are wonderful.

    17 Jan 2008 Reply

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