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Surrexit pastor bonus

SSAT ATBB + continuo
author of text
Antiphon for the second Sunday after Easter

SSAT ATBB + continuo
Samuel Scheidt was one of the leading composers of the early German Baroque period, noted equally for his vocal and for his keyboard music. He was born in Halle (birthplace of Handel almost exactly a century later) and became a church organist there while still in his teens. He studied in Amsterdam with Sweelinck, but then returned to Halle, where he remained until his death, working as a court and church musician. Surrexit pastor bonus comes from Scheidt’s first published collection of work, the Cantiones Sacrae Octo Vocum of 1620. This impressive volume consists of double-choir motets, some in Latin, others in German, for different occasions in the church calendar. Musically, the influence of Gabrieli’s Venetian style is apparent; in Surrexit pastor bonus, two antiphonal choirs, one of high voices, one of low, exchange successive phrases of the text, with joyous Easter alleluias building to a powerful climax at the end.

from notes by John Rutter © 1994


A banquet of voices
CSCD525Download only


Track 4 on CSCD525 [4'12] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CSCD525 track 4

Recording date
0 February 1993
Recording venue
University College School, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jillian White
Recording engineer
Campbell Hughes & Simon Weir
Hyperion usage
  1. A banquet of voices (CSCD525)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: September 2020
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