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Motet Notes

Heinrich Schütz: "Ego dormio," SWV 63 - Cantiones Sacrae


Schütz two-part motet  "Ego Dormio" is the only setting from the Song of Songs in the collection "Cantiones Sacrae."  The Cantiones Sacrae are Schütz' most Italianate works, so there is a strong Monteverdian quality  to the sensuous and liquid vocal writing. The warmth and expressivity is in stark contrast to Schütz' later, more austere motets.

©Craig Smith