Heinrich Schütz
(1585- 1672)

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Heinrich Schütz 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 17th century along with Claudio Monteverdi.

Schütz grew up living in his father's inn at Weißenfels where his musical talents were discoved by Moritz von Hessen-Kassel in 1599. After a period studying law Schütz moved to Venice to study music with Giovanni Gabrieli.

Schütz musical career was spent mainly in Dresden with appointments in Venice and Copenhagen breaking the continuity.

Schütz music shows the influence of Gabrieli and Monteverdi. 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 with 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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SCHÜTZ Canata Saul, Saul, was verfolgst du mich? Goldsbrough

 Schütz' Passion setting of 1623

Chourus and scene 1
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