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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  • 126.
    Battaglie & Lamenti / Jordi Savall, Figueras, Hesperion XXI
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9815 Release Date: 02/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Scheidt,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Jacopo Peri  ... 
    Performer:  Montserrat Figueras
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
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  • 127.
    A Christmas Carol - Carols And Readings For Christmas
    Label: Herald Records   Catalog: 223 Release Date: 01/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William James Kirkpatrick,  Traditional,  John Gardner,  Herbert Howells  ... 
    Performer:  William Whitehead
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rochester Cathedral Choir
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  • 128.
    Baroque Music - The Arp Schnitger Organ Chapel / Ennulat
    Label: Aca Digital   Catalog: 20067 Release Date: 10/24/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis-Claude Daquin,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Nicolaus Bruhns  ... 
    Performer:  Egbert Ennulat
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  • 129.
    Music For The Christmas Season / Earl L. Miller, Organ
    Label: Afka   Catalog: 547 Release Date: 09/26/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Henry Hopkins Jr.,  Peter Cornelius,  Traditional,  Eric Harding Thiman  ... 
    Performer:  Earl Miller
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  • 130.
    Tapestry - Music Of Baroque Masters / Paracourt Brass
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2355 Release Date: 08/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Giuseppe Torelli,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paramount Brass
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  • 131.
    Angels & Shepherds - A 17th Century Christmas / Veldhoven
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 15198 Release Date: 10/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Johann Vierdanck,  Martin Luther,  Hans Leo Hassler  ... 
    Performer:  Pieter Dirksen
    Conductor:  Jos van Veldhoven
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Bach Society Choir,  Cappella Figuralis
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  • 132.
    Araujo, Arauxo, Bach, Scheidt, Et Al / Guy Bovet
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 987 Release Date: 08/24/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Sigfrid Karg-Elert,  Eugene Gigout,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Guy Bovet
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  • 133.
    Schütz: Christmas Vespers / Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 463046 Release Date: 08/13/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Martin Luther,  Samuel Scheidt,  Heinrich Schütz
    Performer:  Charles Pott,  Kristian Olesen,  Simon Grant,  Susan Hemington Jones  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Roskilde Cathedral Choir,  Gabrieli Players  ... 
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  • 134.
    Christmas Joy Vol 2 / Lancelot, Wright, Durham Choir
    Label: Priory Records   Catalog: 604 Release Date: 06/07/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Hans Leo Hassler  ... 
    Performer:  Keith Wright,  Keith Halliday,  Julian MacBride,  Rupert Drury  ... 
    Conductor:  James Lancelot
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Durham Cathedral Choir
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  • 135.
    Kyrie, Gott Vater In Ewigkeit - Bach: Clavier-übung Part Iii
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 956524 Release Date: 06/01/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Johann Hermann Schein,  Martin Luther,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Leo van Doeselaar
    Conductor:  Jos van Veldhoven
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Bach Society Choir
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  • 136.
    Die Himmel Erzählen Die Ehre Gottes / Güttler Brass Ensemble
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 9388 Release Date: 03/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Schütz,  Max Reger,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ludwig Güttler Brass Ensemble
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  • 137.
    Great European Organs Vol 49 / John Kitchen
    Label: Priory Records   Catalog: 627 Release Date: 11/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Johann Christian Kittel,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Ludwig Krebs  ... 
    Performer:  John Kitchen
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  • 138.
    The Muses Of Zion / Cambridge Bach Ensemble
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 93168 Release Date: 11/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Johann Hermann Schein,  Martin Luther,  Samuel Scheidt  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Sykes
    Conductor:  Scott Metcalfe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Bach Ensemble
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  • 139.
    Empire Brass - Greatest Hits
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80438 Release Date: 11/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco de la Torre,  Traditional,  Cy Coleman,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Ken Amis,  Kurt Wortman,  Jeffrey Curnow,  Douglas Wright  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Empire Brass
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  • 140.
    Rejoice! Vol 2 - A String Quartet Christmas / Delmoni, Et Al
    Label: John Marks Records   Catalog: 18 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Traditional,  Hector Berlioz,  Gustav Holst  ... 
    Performer:  Emily Mitchell,  Nathaniel Rosen,  Natasha Lipkina,  Nina Bodnar  ... 
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  • 141.
    Christmas Star - Carols For The Christmas Season / Rutter
    Label: Collegium Records   Catalog: 503 Release Date: 09/23/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Johann Georg Ebeling,  Samuel Scheidt,  James R. Murray  ... 
    Conductor:  John Rutter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  Cambridge Symphony Orchestra
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  • 142.
    Chip Davis' Holiday Musik Vol 2 / Roth, Berkey, Layton, Et Al
    Label: American Gramaphone   Catalog: 297 Release Date: 09/17/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Willem De Fesch,  Johann Christoph Pez,  Samuel Scheidt  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Alltop,  Roxanne Layton,  Jackson Berkey,  Arnie Roth  ... 
    Conductor:  Arnie Roth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Anima
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  • 143.
    Splendor And The Brass - Festive Music Of The Baroque
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 189 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  George Frideric Handel,  Jan Dismas Zelenka,  Samuel Scheidt  ... 
    Performer:  James Thompson,  Michael Sachs,  Nick Norton,  Anthony Plog  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Rolston
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlantic Brass Quintet,  Summit Brass,  St. Louis Brass Quintet  ... 
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  • 144.
    Carols From Trinity / Marlow, The Choir Of Trinity College
    Label: Conifer   Catalog: 51754 Release Date: 07/16/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Michael Praetorius,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  John Tavener  ... 
    Performer:  Graham Jackson,  Richard Pearce,  Silas Standage,  Philip Rushforth  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Marlow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
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  • 145.
    Queens Of The Night - Bassoon Classics
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 658 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harry Warren,  Mike Stoller,  Roy Turk,  Kal Mann  ... 
    Performer:  Raoul Esmerode,  Antoinette Baehler,  Kim Walker,  Lorelei Dowling  ... 
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  • 146.
    Scheidt: Concertus Sacri Selection / Flämig, Dresdner Kreuz
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 9126 Release Date: 11/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Scheidt
    Conductor:  Martin Flämig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir,  Capella Fidicinia
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  • 147.
    Christmas Carols / Preston, Choir Of Westminster Abbey
    Label: Dg Masters   Catalog: 445572 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Traditional,  Benjamin Britten,  John Gardner  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Herrick
    Conductor:  Simon Preston
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
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  • 148.
    Historic Organs Of Baltimore / Armstrong, Ballinger, Bowie
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 91 Release Date: 09/26/1995   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Louis J.A. Lefébure-Wely,  Charles Zeuner,  Healey Willan  ... 
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  • 149.
    The Canadian Brass Go For Baroque!
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68107 Release Date: 08/15/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  John Stanley,  George Frideric Handel,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Ronald Romm,  Graeme Page,  Frederic Mills,  Charles Daellenbach  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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  • 150.
    Peter Schreier Singt Weihnachtslieder / Rotzsch, Dresden
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 2117 Release Date: 07/31/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Carl B. Neuner,  Peter von Brachel,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Schreier,  Hans Otto,  Monika Röst
    Conductor:  Hans-Joachim Rotzsch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Leipzig St. Thomas Church Choir
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