Gregory S. Johnston's A Heinrich Schütz Reader: Letters and Documents in PDF

By Gregory S. Johnston

ISBN-10: 0199812209

ISBN-13: 9780199812202

Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) used to be an important and influential German composer of the 17th century. Director of song on the electoral Saxon courtroom in Dresden, he was once lauded via his German contemporaries as "the father of our glossy music", as "the Orpheus of our time." but regardless of the esteem within which his tune continues to be held this day, Schütz himself and the wealthy cultural surroundings during which he lived stay 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 a hundred and fifty records through or approximately Heinrich Schütz, from his earliest stories below Giovanni Gabrieli to bills 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 Editor and translator Gregory S. Johnston penetrates the archaic script, confronts the haphazard orthography and out of date vocabulary, and untangles the knotted grammatical buildings and syntax to provide translations that let English audio system, as by no means earlier than, to interact the composer directly.

Most of the German, Latin and Italian files incorporated 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 provide quick 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 strains; info on geographic areas, domain names, towns, courts and associations; and references to biblical, classical and modern literary resources.

Johnston opens a door for researchers and students throughout a extensive diversity of disciplines, and even as offers an ancient supplement and literary spouse for somebody who has come to understand the great thing about Schütz's tune.

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10. Moritz of Hesse-Kassel to Sch ü tz (23 December 1616) Letter concerning Schütz’s continuation of service at the Dresden Court [D-MGha: Bestand 4 f Kursachsen Nr. 210 “Die von Kurfürst Johann Georg I. von Sachsen gewünschte Überlassung von Heinrich Schütz,” 1614–17, fol. 37r] Youth and Early Manhood (1611–27) j 13 Moritz, by the Grace of God, Landgrave of Hesse, Count of Katzenelnbogen, etc. Dear faithful [Schütz], the Noble Prince, Herr Johann Georg, Duke of Saxony, Jülich, Cleves and Berg, Grand Marshal of the Holy Roman Empire and Elector, our amicable beloved Cousin, Son, and Godfather, requested of us in writing that for the better appointment of His Dilection’s Music we would relinquish your person [to him] completely.

210 “Die von Kurfürst Johann Georg I. von Sachsen gewünschte Überlassung von Heinrich Schütz,” 1614–17, fols. 16r–17v] [We pledge] our benevolent offices and favor to the best of our abilities and means, first and foremost, Most Noble Prince, benevolent, beloved Cousin, Father, and Godfather. Your Dilection’s letter dated at Kassel, the first day of this December, was received safely and in good order by us, and we have also understood from it, among other things, what you kindly addressed to us regarding your organist, Heinrich Schütz.

Hippolyte Hubmeier (b. 1576; d. 9 Dec. 1637) arrived from Göttingen and was Rector of the Gymnasium from 1611 until 1621. Hubmeier had strong musical opinions and in his Disputationes quaestionum illustrium, philosophicarum, musicarum ( Jena, 1609) aggressively attacked the bocedization system of sight-singing promoted by the Leipzig Thomaskantor, Sethus Calvisius (b. 21 Feb. 1556; d. 24 Nov. 1615), in his Exercitationes musicae duae (Leipzig, 1600). Calvisius countered later that year in his Exercitatio musica tertia (Leipzig, 1609).

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