Heinrich Schütz, a German composer and organist, who was widely regarded as the most important German composer before Johann Sebastian Bach.

In 1608, Schütz entered the University of Marburg to study law, but in 1609, a patron who was impressed by his musical ability sent him to Venice. There, he was a pupil of Giovanni Gabrieli in Venice and later of Monteverdi. He was a member of the court musical establishment of Landgrave Moritz of Hessen-Kassel, later entering the service of the Electors of Saxony in Dresden.





Heinrich Schütz
(1585 - 1672)


Schütz’s special importance lies in his grafting of Italian choral and vocal style on to German polyphonic tradition.









Schütz’s special importance lies in his grafting of Italian choral and vocal style on to German polyphonic tradition.

Schütz wrote a very large amount of church music and magnificent settings of Passions, Christmas Oratorio.

He wrote three settings of the Passion, according to the Gospels of St. Matthew, St. Luke and St. John, with a setting of the Seven Last Words. And his Christmas Oratorio exists in more than one version.  The church music of Schütz includes settings in German and in Latin.

Schütz published his first set of Italian madrigals while he was studying in Venice with Gabrieli.


~ Written by Boon Sin Ler

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