Samuel Scheidt

Biography

Born: November 3, 1587; Halle, Germany   Died: March 24, 1654; Halle, Germany  
One of the earliest German composers to forge a synthesis of traditional Germanic chorale and counterpoint with the more modern textures emerging from Italy, Samuel Scheidt was a multifaceted composer of music both sacred and secular whose fame, however, rests almost entirely on the excellence of his instrumental music.

Scheidt was born in Halle during the late 1580s, within a year of both Heinrich Schütz and Johann Hermann Schein. Both
Read more would later become friends of Scheidt, and who were engaged, like Scheidt, in the fusion of the musical idioms from northern and southern Europe. Scheidt's father was a municipal official who maintained a number of friendships with prominent local musicians, and encouraged his sons to pursue musical studies. Scheidt attended public school, and was instructed in music by the Kantor of the local Gymnasium, Matthäus Birkner, until he attained the position of organist at the Moritzkirche in Halle in 1604. After resigning the post four years later, Scheidt journeyed to Amsterdam for a period of study with well-known organist Jan Sweelinck, whose music Scheidt would later edit and publish back in Germany.

From 1609 to 1625, Scheidt served as court organist and secular keyboard composer to Christian Wilhelm of Brandenburg, the new administrator of Halle. These were prosperous years for the composer, and after 1619 Scheidt combined his duties as organist with those of kapellmeister, strengthening the instrumental and vocal forces of the court and overseeing the rebuilding of the Mortizkirche organ. Much of Scheidt's better-known music hails from the years immediately following his appointment as Kapellmeister: three separate volumes of instrumental pieces, one collection each of motets and vocal concertos, and the Tabulatura nova, a massive collection of organ music, all which appeared between 1620 and 1624.

In 1625, however, Wilhelm left Halle to fight in the Thirty Years War, and Scheidt was left virtually unemployed. Despite his lack of salary and the departure of most of his musicians for more lucrative positions, Scheidt remained in Halle, earning what he could from teaching and the occasional commission from other cities' courts. He was rewarded for such loyalty in 1628, when Halle created a new and important musical post for him, that of director musices (musical director). A conflict with the Rektor of the local Gymnasium, who claimed, as did Scheidt, to have jurisdiction over the choirboys, resulted in Scheidt's dismissal from the post in 1630. The composer's personal life soon worsened when all of his children died of the plague during a 1636 outbreak.

In 1638, the return of a city administrator (now Duke August of Saxony) brought a renewed musical prosperity to Halle, and Scheidt once again assumed his duties as the city's kapellmeister. He continued to compose music for public and private occasions until his death in 1654 at the age of 66. Read less
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  • 1.
    Bruhns: Complete Organ Music / Adriano Falcioni
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94447 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nicolaus Bruhns,  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck,  Heinrich Scheidemann,  Samuel Scheidt  ... 
    Performer:  Adriano Falcioni
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    The Britannic Organ, Vol. 7 - Weite's Swiss Organists
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 846 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Carl Adolf Lorenz,  Alphonse-Jean-E. Mailly,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Hindermann,  Franz Joseph Breitenbach,  Karl Matthaei,  Johann Jakob Nater
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    Lasst Uns Das Kindlein Wiegen / Helbich, Alsfelder Vokalensemble
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83383 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cornelius Freundt,  Georg Joseph Vogler,  Hartwig Zisich,  Samuel Scheidt  ... 
    Performer:  Manja Stephan,  Margit SchultheiB,  Reinhold [Baritone (Vocal)] Schreyer-Morlock,  Jan [Tenor (Vocal)] Hubner  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Helbich
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    Rutter: Christmas Star And A Christmas Festival
    Label: Collegium Records   Catalog: 306 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Traditional,  Lowell Mason,  William James Kirkpatrick,  Mel Torme  ... 
    Performer:  Andrew Williams,  Andrew Williams,  Melanie Marshall,  Clara Sanabras  ... 
    Conductor:  John Rutter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  Cambridge Symphony Orchestra,  Farnham Youth Choir  ... 
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    Christmas Mass / Mccreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001933502 Release Date: 11/05/2013  
    Composer:  Martin Luther,  Anonymous,  Samuel Scheidt,  Johann Hermann Schein  ... 
    Performer:  Timothy Roberts,  Tom Phillips,  Tessa Bonner,  Sarah Pendlebury  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players,  Roskilde Cathedral Boys' Choir
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    Lied Der Liebe - The Song Of Songs In German Baroque  / Movimento
    Label: Christophorus   Catalog: 77378 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Johann Rosenmüller,  Giovanni Kapsberger,  Heinrich Schütz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Movimento
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    Ludwig Guttler: Die Jubilaums-edition
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300549 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Johann Neruda,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Johann Mathias Sperger  ... 
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler
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    The Organs By Willem Hermans In Pistoia And Collescipoli
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 10129 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Gérard Scronx,  Pieter Cornet,  Anthoni Van Noordt  ... 
    Performer:  Liuwe Tamminga
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  • 9.
    John Dowland And His Contemporaries: Come Again
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777799 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Scheidt,  Louys De Moy,  William Brade,  Orlando de Lassus  ... 
    Performer:  Ulrich Wedemeier,  Jan Kobow,  Simone Eckert
    Conductor:  Simone Eckert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburger Ratsmusik
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    Magnificat
    Label: Motette   Catalog: 13681 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Matthias Weckmann,  Hieronymus Praetorius,  Samuel Scheidt  ... 
    Performer:  Karin Nelson
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    Frans Bruggen Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 65836 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Francesco Barsanti,  Francesco Maria Veracini  ... 
    Performer:  Frans Brüggen,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Anner Bylsma,  Alda Stuurop  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brüggen-Consort
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  • 12.
    A Baroque Christmas [3-CD Set]
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 329 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Various,  Samuel Scheidt,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Matthias Weckman  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Cristina Kiehr,  John Elwes,  Ian Honeyman,  James Bowman  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Boterf,  Jean Tubery,  Philippe Pierlot,  Leonardo Garcia Alarcon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort,  Namur Chamber Choir,  La Fenice  ... 
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    The Arhend & Brunzema Organ - Amsterdam's Oude Kerk / Leonhardt, Imbruno
    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 5700010 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Scheidemann,  Anthoni Van Noordt,  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt,  Matteo Imbruno
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  • 14.
    Glad Tidings: Carols For Christmas
    Label: Gift Of Music   Catalog: 1267 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Elisabeth Poston,  William James Kirkpatrick,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Viktor Kalinnikov  ... 
    Conductor:  Sarah Tenant-Flowers
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    Weynacht Gesaenge / Stimmwerck
    Label: Christophorus   Catalog: 77364 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Scheidt,  Anonymous,  Hans Leo Hassler,  Esaias Reusner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stimmwerck
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    Arp-Schnitger-Orgel Norden Vol. 3 / Luchterhandt, Janssen, Neumann
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 9061753 Release Date: 07/17/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Susanne van Soldt,  Samuel Scheidt,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Thiemo Janssen,  Agnes Luchterhandt,  Sven Neumann
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  • 17.
    Magnificat - 500 Years Of Choral Masterworks [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001664502 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Gregorio Allegri,  Antonio Lotti,  Orlando de Lassus,  Josquin Des Préz  ... 
    Performer:  Patrick Russill,  Marinella Pennicchi,  Michael Chance,  Mark Tucker  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers,  Paul McCreesh,  Stephen Cleobury,  Edward Wickham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen,  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players  ... 
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  • 18.
    Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Christmas Choral Music
    Label: Rondeau Productions   Catalog: 6043 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Palestrina,  Traditional,  Johannes Eccard,  Hieronymus Praetorius  ... 
    Conductor:  Volker Hedtfeld
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Opus Vocale
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  • 19.
    Famous Music For Brass / Ludwig Guttler
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300308 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Heinrich Schütz,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ludwig Güttler Brass Ensemble
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  • 20.
    Sumi Jo - The Erato Recitals
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 666373 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Léo Delibes,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Meyerbeer  ... 
    Performer:  Sumi Jo,  Anne Maugue,  Vincenzo Scalera,  Michael Davis  ... 
    Conductor:  Paolo Olmi,  Armin Jordan,  Kenneth Montgomery,  Giuliano Carella  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris Ensemble,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    Label: Bayer Records   Catalog: BR500004 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andreas Hammerschmidt,  Johannes Eccard,  Heinrich Schütz,  Heinrich Scheidemann  ... 
    Performer:  Carsten Lorenz
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  • 22.
    Canadian Brass Takes Flight
    Label: Steinway & Sons   Catalog: 30008 Release Date: 12/06/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sonny Kompanek,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  John Dowland  ... 
    Performer:  Eric Reed,  Achilles Liarmakopoulos,  Chris Coletti,  Brandon Ridenour  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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  • 23.
    Ein Lammlein: 17th-century German Passion Music / The Teares Of The Muses
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 50160030 Release Date: 10/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Capricornus,  Johann Hermann Schein,  David Funck,  Samuel Scheidt  ... 
    Conductor:  Margaret Panofsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Teares Of The Muses
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  • 24.
    Baroque Celebration In The Frauenkirche / Ludwig Guttler
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300174 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  Valerius Otto,  Johannes Crüger,  Johannes Eccard  ... 
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Semper Brass,  Blechbläserensemble
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    Vom Himmel Hoch / Ludwig Guttler, Virtuosi Saxoniae
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300146 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Johannes Eccard  ... 
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae
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