Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Heinrich Schutz Magnifcat SWV 468

Why Heinrich Schutz isn't as well known as several later baroque composers is something I don't understand.  After J.S. Bach he may rate as the nearest contender as the greatest of them.   His Latin setting of the Magnificat is absolutely glorious and fascinating in its contrasts, in its complex textures and tone painting (look at how he sets the text "Dispersit superbos mente cordis sui" starting on page 70 of the score).  His settings are some of the most musically absorbing of those I've heard. His belief is clear as well.  He really believed in it, the most important consideration of all.

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