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Motet Notes

Heinrich Schütz: "Herr, auf dich traue ich," SWV 377 - Geistliche Chormusik

From the grandeur of the opening moments, "Herr, auf dich traue ich" is clearly one of the heaven-seeking motets. But the first broad phrase is immediately answered by a fragile response. Each subsequent line has its own distinct profile. In a short space Schütz makes every moment of this prayer stand out distinctly and passionately. The text on the page hardly suggests such possibilities.

©John Harbison