By Gregory S. Johnston
Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) used to be an important and influential German composer of the 17th century. Director of tune on the electoral Saxon court docket in Dresden, he used to be lauded by means of his German contemporaries as "the father of our glossy music", as "the Orpheus of our time." but regardless of the esteem during which his track continues to be held this day, Schütz himself and the wealthy cultural surroundings within which he lived remain little recognized or understood past the linguistic borders of his local Germany.
Drawing on unique manuscript and print sources, A Heinrich Schütz Reader brings the composer to lifestyles via greater than one hundred fifty files via or approximately Heinrich Schütz, from his earliest stories less than Giovanni Gabrieli to money owed of his ultimate hours. Editor and translator Gregory S. Johnston penetrates the archaic script, confronts the haphazard orthography and out of date vocabulary, and untangles the knotted grammatical structures and syntax to provide translations that permit English audio system, as by no means sooner than, to have interaction the composer directly.
Most of the German, Latin and Italian records integrated during this quantity look for the 1st time in English translation. a couple of those texts haven't even been revealed of their unique language. Dedications and prefaces of his revealed track, letters and memoranda, poetry and petitions, commute passes and contracts, all supply rapid and unabridged entry to the composer's existence. To habituate the reader ever extra in Schütz's international, the entries are richly annotated with biographical aspect; clarifications relationships and ancestral traces; details on geographic areas, domain names, towns, courts and associations; and references to biblical, classical and modern literary assets.
Johnston opens a door for researchers and students throughout a huge variety of disciplines, and while offers an old supplement and literary better half for an individual who has come to understand the great thing about Schütz's song.
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Dynastically, the county was broken up during the Thirty Years’ War when there was no male heir following the death of Count Otto V in 1640. 16 i A Heinrich Schütz Reader 12. Sch ü tz to Heinrich Posthumus Reuss (9 December 1617) Appraisal of the musical establishments of the Church, Court, and Town of Gera [D-GZsa: n. Rep. Gera/K, Kap. LIX, 1 Nr. 1, fols. 77r–85v]28 Deliberations of the Director of the Electoral Saxon Court Musicians at Dresden, on the church, court and city music here [in Gera], together with other additional points, etc.
Although Your Electoral Grace’s Herr [Michael] Praetorius still holds an appointment,15 you know indeed most graciously that he now serves in absentia, and cannot always free himself from the princely Brunswick Kapelle. Thus in his absence (since there would not be Heinrich Schütz) there would be no concerted music [Concert] in the church; all the rehearsals would be discontinued entirely, whereby then your Musik would suffer not a little harm. Thus I worry in truth that, if this change is not averted, one shall soon become aware of the damages in this place.
1589; d. 26 Dec. 1615), as the youngest son of Christian I, was the youngest brother of Duke Johann Georg I and Duke Christian II. August was married 1 January 1612 to Elisabeth (b. 23 Jun. 1593; d. 25 Mar. 1650), the daughter of Heinrich Julius, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (b. 15 Oct. 1564; d. 30 Jul. 1613). Childless at the time of August’s death at the age of twenty-six, she remarried in 1618 to Johann Philipp, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg (b. 25 Jan. 1597; d. 1 Apr. 1639). Youth and Early Manhood (1611–27) j 11 use of his services for almost an entire year, and in addition to that we do not know where we would so easily obtain another from another place.
A Heinrich Schütz Reader: Letters and Documents in Translation by Gregory S. Johnston