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Motet Notes

Heinrich Schütz: "Das ist je gewißlich wahr," SWV 388 - Geistliche Chormusik

Perhaps the grandest and most impressive of all of Schütz' motets in the Geistliche Chormusik is "Dass ist je gewisslich wahr." Written originally in 1626 for the funeral of Schütz' great contemporary, Johann Hermann Schein, the work went through several transformations before its final publication in 1648. Typical of Schütz is the ability to take and abstract almost dogmatic seeming Epistle text and bring it to life. The deeply emotional occasion of his close collegue's death brought forth one of the great monuments of 17th century music.

©Craig Smith