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Selig sind die Toten

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Revelation 14: 13

This dignified and consolatory motet, one of the relatively few by Schütz to be widely known and appreciated, was first published in the Geistliche Chormusik of 1648, an important collection of 29 of the composer’s motets. They represent a turning away from the Venetian extravagance of Schütz’s earlier work, placing more emphasis on traditional imitative polyphony, which the composer’s preface to the volume recommends as a discipline for budding composers. Selig sind die Toten is indeed just as imitative in style as any Renaissance motet, though the strong expressive contrasts between the slow-moving sections and the more active treatment of the words ‘und ihre Werke folgen ihnen nach’ belong clearly to the Baroque era. The text of this motet, from the Book of Revelation, forms part of the Burial Service in both Lutheran and Anglican liturgies.

from notes by Collegium Records © 2000


Blessed spirit
COLCD127Download only
Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem
SDG706Download only
The Sacred Flame
COLCD134Download only


Track 3 on COLCD127 [4'09] Download only
Track 19 on COLCD134 [4'07] Download only
Track 2 on SDG706 [4'00] Download only

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