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Motet Notes

Heinrich Schütz: "Herr, der du vormals genädig gewest," SWV 461

One of the grandest of all of Schütz Psalm settings is his version of today's designated Psalm 85.  On a much larger scale than even the longest of the Psalms of David 1619.  The work may have been written for some great wedding.  It comes down to us in a slightly incomplete form. The continuo part is missing and was reconstructed by the great nineteenth-century Schütz scholar Philip Spitta. In terms of amazing specific text setting the work has no equal in Schütz' output. 

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