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Motet Notes

Heinrich Schütz: "Es wird das Scepter von Juda - Er wird sein Kleid," SWV 369-70 - Geistliche Chormusik

The two part Advent motet "Es wird das Scepter" that opens Schütz' 1648 collection Geistliche Chormusik is in a way the most inward and least profiled of all of the motets in this collection. It is almost as if Schütz begins the church year delicately, almost carefully. A brief moment of forthrightness "bis der Held komme" (until the hero appears) brightens part one, and the fragmentary projection of the colorful final lines of part two prefigure some of the more graphic moments in subsequent motets. Even the portrayal of the drunken donkey is muted and tasteful.

~ Craig Smith and John Harbison


The two part Advent motet "Es wird das Scepter"  that opens Schütz' 1648 collection Geistliche Chormusik is in a way the most inward and least profiled of all of the motets in this collection.  It is almost as if Schütz begins the church year delicately, almost carefully. Even the portrayal of the drunken donkey is muted and tasteful. 

©Craig Smith



Schütz eases into the collection with a prelude-like double motet which is the most muted and reticent of the whole collection. A brief moment of forthrightness "bis der Held komme" (until the hero appears) brightens part one, and the fragmentary projection of the colorful final lines of part two prefigure some of the more graphic moments in subsequent motets.

©John Harbison