Histories of Heinrich Schutz

Histories of Heinrich Schutz

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Bettina Varwig places the music of the celebrated Dresden composer Heinrich Schutz in a richly detailed tapestry of cultural, political, religious and intellectual contexts. Four key events in Schutz's career - the 1617 Reformation centenary, the performance of his Dafne in 1627, the 1636 funeral composition Musikalische Exequien and the publication of his motet collection Geistliche Chormusik (1648) - are used to explore his music's resonances with broader historical themes, including the effects of the Thirty Years' War, contemporary meanings of classical mythology, Lutheran attitudes to death and the afterlife as well as shifting conceptions of time and history in light of early modern scientific advances. These original seventeenth-century circumstances are treated in counterpoint with Schutz's fascinating later reinvention in nineteenth- and twentieth-century German musical culture, providing a new kind of musicological writing that interweaves layers of historical inquiry from the seventeenth century to the present day.
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Product details

  • Online resource
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 18 b/w illus. 28 music examples
  • 113902700X
  • 9781139027007

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. Trumpets and drums (Psalmen Davids, 1617); Paraphrase 1. Lutheran Schutz; 2. Echoes, mirrors and masks (Dafne, 1627); Paraphrase 2. Operatic Schutz; 3. Life, death and afterlife (Musikalische Exequien, 1636); Paraphrase 3. Monumental Schutz; 4. Old and new worlds (Geistliche Chormusik, 1648); Paraphrase 4. Rhetorical Schutz; Conclusion.
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About Bettina Varwig

Bettina Varwig is a music historian with wide-ranging interests in early modern European culture. She has held fellowships at Magdalen College, Oxford and the University of Cambridge, and is now a lecturer at King's College London. She has published widely on the music of Heinrich Schutz and J. S. Bach. This is her first book.
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