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Ein Kind ist uns geboren, SWV384

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Isaiah 9: 6-7

Like Schütz’s Der Engel sprach zu den Hirten, Ein Kind ist uns geboren (‘A child is born to us’) first appeared in Schütz’s Geistliche Chor-Music (‘Spiritual choir music’), an anthology of German motets published in 1648, the year the Peace of Westphalia brought an end to the ruinous Thirty Years’ War. In his preface Schütz urged other German composers who had embraced the fashionable ‘Italian style of composition with basso continuo’ not to neglect the older art of purely vocal polyphony. By way of example he dispensed with a full continuo accompaniment in this richly textured six-voice setting of the prophecy of the Messiah’s coming, any ‘ad libitum’ instruments employed merely doubling the voices. Treating the upper and lower voices as distinct choirs, Schütz carefully calibrates the music’s pulse to the lengths and stresses of the German language.

from notes by Harry Haskell © 2019


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


Track 5 on CDA68315 [3'29]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68315 track 5

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 5
    Release date: December 2019
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