Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)

Perhaps the grandest and most impressive of all of Schütz' motets in the Geistliche Chormusik is "Dass ist je gewisslich wahr." Written originally in 1626 for the funeral of Schütz' great contemporary, Johann Hermann Schein, the work went through several transformations before its final publication in 1648. Typical of Schütz is the ability to take an abstract, almost dogmatic-seeming, Epistle text and bring it to life. The deeply emotional occasion of his close colleague's death brought forth one of the great monuments of 17th-century music.

©Craig Smith

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