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Das Wort ward Fleisch, SWV385

author of text
John 1: 14

The short six-voice motet with ‘ad libitum’ continuo, Das Wort ward Fleisch (‘The Word was made flesh’), is even more vividly expressive in its text-setting than Schütz's Ein Kind ist uns geboren. The opening phrase, with its sustained notes and intense harmonies building to a resplendent D major cadence, dramatically depicts the incarnation of God’s son. In the second phrase, ‘und wohnet unter uns’ (‘and lives among us’), Schütz uses shorter note values and livelier rhythms to suggest Christ’s presence on Earth in human form. A host of other subtle touches, such as the rising-scale figure that repeatedly underlines the word ‘Herrlichkeit’ (‘glory’), constitute a kind of musical commentary on the words from the Gospel of John.

from notes by Harry Haskell © 2019


Schütz: The Christmas story & other works
Studio Master: CDA68315Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 2 on CDA68315 [3'42]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68315 track 2

Recording date
27 January 2018
Recording venue
St Thomas's Episcopal Church, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Recording producer
Andrew Walton
Recording engineer
Brian Losch
Hyperion usage
  1. Schütz: The Christmas story & other works (CDA68315)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: December 2019
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