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Histories of Heinrich Schütz


Part of Musical Performance and Reception

  • Date Published: November 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521197656

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  • Bettina Varwig places the music of the celebrated Dresden composer Heinrich Schütz in a richly detailed tapestry of cultural, political, religious and intellectual contexts. Four key events in Schütz'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 Schütz'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.

    • Develops a new model of history writing that combines original seventeenth-century research with nineteenth- and twentieth-century reception studies, providing a broad panorama for the reader
    • Includes close reading of key musical works, but avoids extensive musical analysis or overly complicated terminology
    • Includes extensive quotations from original sources, with English translations so the reader will gain access to a wide range of source materials without having to consult the German originals
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521197656
    • length: 266 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 181 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.71kg
    • contains: 18 b/w illus. 28 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

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

  • Author

    Bettina Varwig, King's College London
    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 Schütz and J. S. Bach. This is her first book.

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