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Motet Notes

Heinrich Schütz: "Unser keiner lebet ihm selber," SWV 374 - Geistliche Chormusik

A quick look at this powerful text suggests where the big musical articulations must be – at "Leben," "Sterben," and "darum." And Schütz does not disappoint in his response. The unusual amount of overlapping and dovetailing of the text-lines responds to the overall philosophical content of the text (in death or life all 'belongs' to the Lord).

©John Harbison