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Motet Notes

Heinrich Schütz: "Siehe, wie fein und lieblich," SWV 412 - Symphoniae Sacrae III

The most beautiful psalm (Psalm 133) about the end of warfare had a special meaning for Schütz at the end of the terrible Thirty-Years War.  His setting, published two years after the Peace of Westphalia, is a ravishing work for four obbligato instruments and five voice chorus. The delicate tracery of the strings illustrating the honey rolling down Aaron's beard is particularly delightful. 

©Craig Smith