Heinrich Schütz: Musikalische Exequien

May 27, 2020, 10:00 pm

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Family Making Music c1630s Jan Miense Molenaer

Heinrich Schütz wrote Musikalische Exequien, Op. 7, the centerpiece of tonight’s program, upon the request of German Count ‎Heinreich II of Reuss-Gera. It includes texts taken from the Old Testament, the gospels, and ‎Lutheran chorales. Schütz most probably wrote it when he was Italy, where he ‎became interested in and able to compose music to capture the meanings and imagery of ‎text, and to dramatize the emotions contained within. This is one of the elements that ‎most influenced other composers of subsequent generations. We’ll hear chorales and motets by members of the Bach family, as well as works for organ by Johann Pachelbel, performed by Jove Capella Reial de Catalunya, a vocal ensemble whose young talents are trained by members of Jordi Savall’s International Center for Early Music.

Tonight’s music was recorded live in concert March 17, 2019, in Oriol Martorell Hall in Barcelona’s L’Auditori, as part of the Emergents Barcelona Music Festival. Thanks to WFMT’s association with the European Broadcasting Union. we’re able to offer tonight’s concert as a stream for 30 days following the broadcast. A blue “Listen” button will appear when the stream is available.


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
“Ich will hier bei dir stehen” from St Matthew Passion, BWV 244

Johann MichaelBach (1648-1694)
Unser Leben währet siebenzig Jahre
Herr, ich warte auf dein Heil

Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
Ach, wie elend ist unsre Zeit

Johann Sebastian Bach
“Befiehl du deine Wege” from St Matthew Passion, BWV 244

Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)
Musikalische Exequien, op. 7
– Part I: Concert in form einer teutschen Begräbnis-Messe, SWV 279
– Part II: Herr, wenn ich nur dich habe, motet, SWV 280
– Part III: Canticum Simeonis: Herr, nun lässest du deinen Diener in Frieden fahren, SWV 281

Johann Pachelbel
Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder

Johann Sebastian Bach
“Wenn ich einmal soll scheiden” from St Matthew Passion, BWV 244

Johann Christoph Bach (1642-1703)
Der Mensch, vom Weibe geboren
Es ist nun aus mit meinem Leben

Joan Cererols (1618-1676)
“Offertorium” from Missa Pro Defunctis


Marc Díaz, organ
Xavier Puertas, violone
Youth Capella Reial de Catalunya
Lluís Vilamajó, chorus director