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 via his German contemporaries as "the father of our smooth music", as "the Orpheus of our time." but regardless of the esteem during which his track continues to be held at the present time, Schütz himself and the wealthy cultural setting during 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 a hundred and fifty files by way of or approximately Heinrich Schütz, from his earliest reviews below 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 Editor and translator Gregory S. Johnston penetrates the archaic script, confronts the haphazard orthography and out of date vocabulary, and untangles the knotted grammatical buildings and syntax to supply translations that let English audio system, as by no means sooner than, to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 few those texts haven't even been revealed of their unique language. Dedications and prefaces of his published song, letters and memoranda, poetry and petitions, commute passes and contracts, all supply speedy 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 wide diversity of disciplines, and while offers an old supplement and literary better half for someone who has come to understand the wonderful thing about Schütz's song.
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Extra info for A Heinrich Schütz Reader: Letters and Documents in Translation
9. Sch ü tz to Moritz of Hesse-Kassel (16 December 1616) Letter of apology as to why he is unable to return immediately to the Kassel Court [D-MGha: Bestand 4 f Kursachsen Nr. 210 “Die von Kurfürst Johann Georg I. von Sachsen gewünschte Überlassung von Heinrich Schütz,” 1614–17, fols. 35r–v, 36v]20 [Address] To the Serene, Most Noble Prince and Lord, Lord Moritz, Landgrave of Hesse, Count of Katzenelnbogen, Dietz, Ziegenhain, and Nidda, etc. My Gracious Prince and Lord21 20. The entire letter is in Schütz’s hand.
Ca. 1653) at the expense of the Elector of Saxony. In 1612, he was an instrumentalist in the Dresden Hofkapelle with a salary of 150 gulden. He was still in Dresden in 1632, and in 1641 became the director of the instrumental music in the Kurprinzliche Capella (Kapelle of the Electoral Prince) with an additional stipend of 50 thalers. 26. Schütz is referring to the two Kapellknaben in his care: Caspar Kittel and Johann Vierdanck. 27. Schaumburg is a district in north-central Germany through which the Weser River runs.
4. Two Instrumentalists. Regarding the two instrumentalists, Gracious Lord, there is no doubt Your Grace will always be able to have charge of them, as I have sufficiently seen support of them already. Your Grace may wish graciously to give them both, each of them specifically, their expenses, livery, and as well, in my opinion, have granted to them from 20 to around 30 gulden in cash, according to Your Grace’s considered discretion. I expect that pious, honest journeymen will undoubtedly aspire to comparable conditions at any time.
A Heinrich Schütz Reader: Letters and Documents in Translation by Gregory S. Johnston