Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)

As if to focus on the solitary voice of John the Baptist, we hear an initial single choral voice for two full measures. The intent is narrative; we experience the arduous desert, the stern command to prepare the way, the water images, and finally the close imitation when John announces that another follows closely behind. The final picture of the shoe-unloosening moves in inversion, illustrating the gesture.

©John Harbison

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