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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  • 26.
    Glad Tidings: Carols For Christmas
    Label: Gift Of Music   Catalog: 1267 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Elisabeth Poston,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Viktor Kalinnikov,  Henry Walford Davies  ... 
    Conductor:  Sarah Tenant-Flowers
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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    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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  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    Heinrich Schutz: Musicalische Exequien
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 311 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Schütz,  Samuel Scheidt,  Michael Praetorius
    Performer:  Bernard Foccroulle
    Conductor:  Lionel Meunier
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  • 36.
    Hohepunkte Der Chormusik
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300227 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Heinrich Isaac,  Pierre de La Rue,  Josquin Des Préz,  Antoine de Févin  ... 
    Performer:  Karl-Heinz Schmieder,  Werner Eberhardt,  Siegfried Hausmann,  Joachim Vogt  ... 
    Conductor:  Dietrich Knothe,  Hans Gruss,  Roderich Kreile,  Rudolf Mauersberger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schütz-Akademie,  Virtuosi Saxoniae,  Trompetensemble Ludwig Güttler  ... 
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  • 37.
    Jauchzet dem Herren - Psaumes de David au XVIIe Siecle en Allemagne du Nord / La Fenice
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 179 Release Date: 05/10/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Samuel Scheidt,  Johann Philipp Förtsch,  Julius Johann Weiland  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Jörg Mammel
    Conductor:  Jean Tubery
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Fenice
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  • 38.
    Renaissance: Berliner Saxophone Quartet
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777581-2 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Palestrina,  Tylman Susato,  Samuel Scheidt,  Girolamo Frescobaldi  ... 
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  • 39.
    The Vanishing Nordic Chorale / 	Musik Ekklesia
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 92128 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Samuel Scheidt,  Traditional  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musik Ekklesia
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  • 40.
    Herzlich Lieb Hab Ich Dich
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300148 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Michael Praetorius,  Samuel Scheidt  ... 
    Performer:  Albrecht Lepetit,  Ekkehard Wagner,  Werner Marschall,  Reinhart Ginzel  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Mauersberger,  Martin Flämig,  Erhard Mauersberger,  Howard Arman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schütz-Akademie
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  • 41.
    Baroque Christmas In Hamburg / Cordes, Bremer Barock Consort
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777553 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hieronymus Praetorius,  Jacob Praetorius,  Thomas Selle,  Heinrich Scheidemann  ... 
    Performer:  Rhonda Edgington,  Eudald Danti
    Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bremer Barock Consort
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  • 42.
    Reformation & Counter-reformation
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 101 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Johann Friedrich Doles,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Georg Böhm,  Johann Christoph Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Bernard Foccroulle,  Stephan Van Dyck,  Marius Van Altena,  Patrick Van Goethem  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe,  Philippe Pierlot
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale Choir,  Ricercar Consort,  La Fenice
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  • 43.
    The Complete Christmas Celebration
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001493002 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Hans-Peter Blochwitz,  Olaf Bär,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Christopher Hogwood,  Valery Gergiev,  Georg Ratzinger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Academy of Ancient Music  ... 
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  • 44.
    Bryn's Christmas / Bryn Terfel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001491472 Release Date: 11/02/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Francis Wade,  Irving Berlin,  Traditional,  Gustav Holst  ... 
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Bing Crosby,  Rolando Villazón,  Catrin Finch  ... 
    Conductor:  Tecwyn Evans
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  Cordydd,  Nidus Children's Choir  ... 
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  • 45.
    A String Quartet Christmas  - Volumes 1-3
    Label: Steinway & Sons   Catalog: 50001 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Lowell Mason,  Traditional,  John Francis Wade,  Richard Storrs Willis  ... 
    Performer:  Nathaniel Rosen,  Alexander Romanul,  Arturo Delmoni,  Katherine Murdock  ... 
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  • 46.
    Christmas Choruses
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 149552 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Heinrich Schütz,  Samuel Scheidt
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  • 47.
    Vom Himmel Hoch
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 149542 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Andreas Hammerschmidt,  Johannes Eccard,  Heinrich Schütz  ... 
    Performer:  Burkhard Glaetzner,  Ludwig Güttler,  Dietrich W. Prost,  Theo Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Martin Flämig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir,  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Leipzig Thomaner Choir  ... 
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  • 48.
    Konge Af Danmark / Les Witches
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 163 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tobias Hume,  Samuel Scheidt,  Thomas Simpson,  Thomas Robinson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
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  • 49.
    Samuel Scheidt: Sacrae Cantiones
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 301 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Scheidt
    Conductor:  Lionel Meunier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vox Luminis
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  • 50.
    Renaissance Brass Music / Paris Instr Ens, Eastman Brass Qnt
    Label: Vox Allegretto   Catalog: ACD 8154 Release Date: 05/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Andrea Gabrieli,  Anthony Holborne,  Orlando Gibbons  ... 
    Performer:  Verne Reynolds,  Daniel Patrylak,  Philip Collins,  Donald Knaub  ... 
    Conductor:  Florian Hollard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Instrumental Ensemble,  Eastman Brass Quintet
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