Heinrich Schütz

Heinrich Schütz

                                               (1585 - 1672)

A brief biography in The Grove Concise Dictionary of Music.

Read about Heinrich Schütz in Wikipedia.        [BNQ]


Listen to Selig Sind Die Toten (text) and other motets performed by the Pro Cantione Antiqua with the London Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble and the Restoration Academy, Edgar Fleet, director:  Hodie Christus Natus Est, Fili Mi Absalon, Auf Dem GebirgeHeu Mihi DomineIch Danke Dir HerrDer Engel SprachO Quam Tu Pulchra EsDie Seele Christi Heilige MichExultavit Cor Meum. 


Click to Listen to Andreas Scholl sing O Jesu, Nomen Dulce from Kleine Geistliche Konzerte, Vol II, SWV 308.




Click to listen to Heinrich Schütz's Weihnachtshistorie (The Christmas Story)performed by King's Consort , Robert King (Conductor) , John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Michael George (Bass), Ruth Holton (Soprano);

Either the entire work or its movements: 

Introduction oder Eingang zu der Geburt unseres Herren Jesu Christi;   Evangelist: Es begab sich...;   Intermedium I: Der Engel zu den Hirten auf dem Felde;   Evangelist: Und alsbald war...;   Intermedium II: Die Menge der Engel;   Evangelist: Un da die Engel;   Intermedium III: Die Hirten auf dem Felde;   Evangelist: Und sie kamen eilend...; Intermedium IV: Die Weisen aus Morgenlande;   Evangelist: Da das der...;   Intermedium V: Hohe Priester und Schriftgelehrte;   Evangelist: Da berief Herodes...;   Intermedium VI: Herodes;   Evangelist: Als sie nun;   Intermedium VII: Der Engel zu Joseph;   Evangelist: Und er stund...;   Intermedium VIII: Der Engel zu Joseph;   Evangelist: Und er stund...;   Beschluss der Geburt unseres Herrn und Seligmachers Jesus Christi

Click for availabilty to borrow several versions at the [BNQ]: The King's Consort, Oxford Camerata, Stuttgart Chamber Music Choir, Tavener Consort, Gabrieli Consort, Cappella Augustana.  The Studio d'ancienne musique de Montréal, Christopher Jackson conducting, version may only be listened to in the [BNQ].


'Der Schwanengesang is probably the last work of German composer Heinrich Schütz... At the end of a full life predominantly devoted to composing sacred and church music, Schütz composed a testimony of sorts to everything he believed in as a musician—a cycle of motets for eight voices in two antiphonal choirs accompanied by organ basso continuo. His choice of text was equally telling: Psalm 119, the longest psalm in the psalter which, according to Martin Luther is no less than "a small Bible...an elegant handbook within the Bible as a whole". The synthetic nature of this most wondrous of psalms, written acrostically in 22 stanzas of 8 verses must have had a magnetic influence on a composer whose sole artistic aim it was to interpret the word of the Bible in the most truthful way. Out of the 22 stanzas he made 11 motets of 16 verses each ending with the common doxology and each starting with the intonation from the Cantor in order to give it a proper liturgical function. To complete his Swansong, Schütz chose his 1662 setting of Psalm 100, naturally a more overtly exuberant and ceremonial work with continuous contrapunctal activity between the individual voices.' (http://www.blacksun.com/releases/13139.htm)

Click to listen to Der Schwanengesang [SWV 482-496 (Opus Ultimum)](Swan Song) performed by the Hilliard Ensemble, Knabenchor Hannover and the London Baroque, Heinz Hennig conducting, in its entirety or by individual motets - Psalm 119: Aleph et Beth (SWV 482);   Gimel et Daleth (SWV 483);   He et Vau (SWV 484);   Dsian et Chet (SWV 485);   Thet et Jod (SWV 486);   Caph et Lamed (SWV 487);   Mem et Nun (SWV 488);   Samech et Aiin (SWV 489);   Pe et Zaid (SWV 490);   Koph et Resch (SWV 491);  Schin et Thau (SWV 492);   Psalm 100: Jauchzet den Herrn Alle Welt (SWV 493);   Deutsche Magnificat: Meine Seele erhebt den Herren (SWV 494).

Click for availabilty to borrow Heinrich Schütz, Opus Ultimum: Der Schwanengesang from the [BNQ].