Heinrich Schütz’ Requiem. April 21st, 2008. 8:00 p.m.
The final concert of the Miami Bach Society’s 24th season will take place on Monday night, April 21st, 2008, at 8:00 p.m. Dr. Donald Oglesby, the Society’s founder, will conduct the strikingly beautiful German Requiem by Heinrich Schütz. Featuring the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music’s Collegium Musicum with basso continuo, Bob Heath, organ and Ross Harbaugh, cello, the performance will highlight the German master’s early Baroque music, written for the funeral of Prince Heinrich Posthumus.
Considered the most important German composer in the generation before Bach, Schütz, was a student of Giovanni Gabrielli and Claudio Monteverdi of Venice. He was court musician of the Landgrave of Moritz and later the Electors of Saxony. It was in the latter’s employ that he composed his renowned funeral work in 1636. The piece, like his others, combined a synthesis of Italian, German and Netherland traditions. Following the death of his wife, and in the midst of the hardships of the Hundred Years’ War, Schütz composed his Requiem, which foreshadowed and influenced the later renowned Requiem of Johannes Brahms.
The performance, which will also include works of Sweelinck, Charpentier and Eccles, will be held at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, located at 1142 Coral Way in Coral Gables.
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