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Motet Notes

Heinrich Schütz: "Der Herr ist mein Licht," SWV 359 - Symphoniae Sacrae II

Schütz' setting of Psalm 27 comes from the second volume of  "Symphoniae Sacrae" published in 1647. The jaunty setting of the opening words has a jolly  "Marching to Pretoria" sound to it. Schuetz seizes upon the military words with great gusto. There is darkness and a sinister quality to the setting of the words in-between. The composer understands the attractiveness of military tub-thumping – and its dire results. 

©Craig Smith