When it comes to paying tribute to Heinrich Schütz’s compositional achievement, in his art his treatment of the text and language must be mentioned first. The "Geistliche Chor-Music 1648", a collection of 29 motets for five to seven voices and one of his most important works, is characterized by he carefully thought-out musical realization of the meaning of the text. In his detailed foreword to the collection the composer presented these as models for composition without a basso continuo – it was his conviction that very young composer should obtain “the properfoundation for a good counterpoint.” Despite the strict counterpoint, stylistically speaking from an earlier era, the “Musicus poeticus” imbued his works with a strongly expressive character. The individual motets are structured differently and they differ - according to content - in their length and character. Short, rather straightforward pieces stand alongside long, worked-out pieces with greater expressive intensity, and cheerful, optimistic works are juxtaposed with plaintive ones. Separate editions available.
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Die Motetten für 5 bis 7 Stimmen sind abwechslungsreich in ihrer Besetzung und Thematik, eine Fundgrube für alle die den Schützschen Umgang mit Text und Sprache lieben.
Singende Kirche, 3/2016