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Motet Notes

Heinrich Schütz: "Verleih uns Frieden - Gib unsern Fürsten," SWV 372-73 - Geistliche Chormusik


The two part Schütz setting of the Luther double chorale "Verleih uns Frieden-Gib unsern Fürsten" was first published in that composer's German motet collection "Geistliche Chormusik." The passionate Luther plea for peace must have had a special resonance in war-torn Germany. The Geistliche Chormusik  was published in 1648, the year of the Peace of Westphalia, that brought the horrific Thirty Years' war to a close. Schütz' setting is so subtle and sophisticated that the tune is for the most part buried in the complicated five-voice texture. The color and sentiment of the words are, however, brought to the fore in the most vivid way.

©Craig Smith