A highlight in music: Heinrich Schütz’ Schwanengesang
the end of his life, the then 80-year old German composer Heinrich Schütz
(1558-1672) began to compose his Schwanengesang. It became a grand ‘opus
ultimum’. The work consist of eleven motets for double choir, organised by the 22
characters of the Hebrew alphabet, a jubilant composition of Psalm 100 and a closing Deutsches Magnificat. Together these parts form a beautiful entity,
one of the highlights in music.
the founder of the German baroque and precursor of Bach, is influenced stongly
by Gabrieli, Monteverdi and also by Sweelinck: ‘personal composer’of Cappella Amsterdam. The choice fort he German translation of
the entire Psalm 119– the longest of the 150 psalms – characterises
the humanistic change that was caused by the reformation by Luther. Schütz dedeicated
this mastercpiece to the Court Chapel of Dresden, to which he was connected
more than half a century.
Cappella Amsterdam conducted by Daniel Reuss
Heinrich Schütz - Der Schwanengesang op. 13