Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Heinrich Schütz Matthäus-Passion


I might be wrong but I think Schutz's settings of the passions might contain the longest passages of sacred monophony since Dufay was commissioned to write an extensive body of chant about two hundred years earlier.   Off hand, I can't think of another example in between them or, in fact, afterward.  Its place was taken by recitative with an instrumental accompaniment in later settings.

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