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Demantius / Praeturius / Schein / Schütz - 17th Century Funeral Music - Arman, Howard

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Schütz-Akademie / Howard Arman

The death of a nobleman in 17th-century Germany was an event that warranted the highest level of attention. When Prince Heinrich der Jüngere died in 1635, celebrated composer and organist Heinrich Schütz was entrusted with composing the music to accompany religious texts personally selected by the devout prince the year before. This rather macabre set of instructions resulted in some of the composer's most beautiful and haunting music, the Musikalische Exequien, and Schütz even structured the composition around the textual design of the prince's coffin, which was to be decorated with biblical verse. Taking the form of a Germanlanguage Kyrie and Gloria, the words 'Christe eleison' - the very heart of the composition's text, representing Christ's resurrection - not only represent the symbolic point at which the lid and case of the prince's coffin joined, but also the climax of Schütz's music. The more joyful aspects of the prince's passing were also celebrated by the innovative composer, who positioned a separate small choir 'in die Ferne geordnet' - 'set up in the distance' - to represent heavenly angels welcoming the prince's soul to paradise.

Also sung at the service were a number of chorales, and those of Michael Praetorius, typical of the time, could well have been among them. Included on this release too is music by Johann Hermann Schein, a friend of Schütz and a gifted composer in his own right. Schein had composed Threnus on the death of Dorothea Maria of Saxony in 1617. In 1630, when Schein himself lay dying, he asked Schütz to compose a burial motet in his honour: 'Das ist je gewißlich wahr', a work that beautifully complements the other motets on this release. Demantius, the last composer to be featured here, was no stranger to death, outliving almost all of his children, a hardship which perhaps inspired his two Threnodiae. Death was certainly never far away in 17thcentury Germany, and the losses, whether of an admired patron or far more personal, certainly inspired some of the most touching and eloquent music of the period. The works are performed by the Schütz-Akademie, an ensemble that was founded in 1991 with the support of the Heinrich Schütz Haus in Bad-Köstritz, leading their performances to be extensively grounded in historical research.
Artikelnummer 95123
Streckkod 5028421951232
Utgivningsdatum 2015-10-09
Kategori Klassiskt
Skivbolag Brilliant Classics
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 1
Dirigenter Arman, Howard
Kompositörer Demantius / Praeturius / Schein / Schütz
Disk: 1
1 Musikalische Exequien, Op.7 Schütz, Heinrich Arman, Howard Schütz-Akademie
2 Geistliche Chor-Musik, Op.11
3 Musae Sioniae BVIII Praetorius, Michael
4 Threnus Schein, J H
5 Quis dabit oculis Demantius, Christophorus
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