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Heinrich Schütz

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Heinrich Schuetz was born in Saxony in 1585, and twice (1608-12 and 1628-30) went to Venice to study music, first under Giovanni Gabrielli and then perhaps with Monteverdi.

He was music director at Dresden for most of his life, but spent time in Copenhagen and elsewhere when Dresden was devasted by plague and the Thirty Years' War. His special achievements were

(1) writing choral settings of Scriptural texts that emphasized the meaning of the words; and

(2) introducing into his music the modalisms of Monteverdi and his Italian associates while retaining a distinctively German character and feeling.

He died 6 November 1672.


[Schuetz: Motets and Concertos]
Motets and Concertos

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