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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
Die Vögel Unter Dem Himmel - Scheidt, Schütz, Scheidemann, Etc / Brewer, Kitchen, Battling, Et Al
Release Date: 11/25/2008   Label: Delphian  
Catalog: 34043   Number of Discs: 1
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    Baroque Celebration In The Frauenkirche / Ludwig Guttler
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300174 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
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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
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    Heinrich Schutz: Musicalische Exequien
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 311 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
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    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300227 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 10
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    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 179 Release Date: 05/10/2011   Number of Discs: 1
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    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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    The Vanishing Nordic Chorale / 	Musik Ekklesia
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 92128 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
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    Loeki Stardust Collection 1980-2000
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802044 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 4
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  • 34.
    Herzlich Lieb Hab Ich Dich
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300148 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 37.
    The Complete Christmas Celebration
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  • 39.
    A String Quartet Christmas  - Volumes 1-3
    Label: Steinway & Sons   Catalog: 50001 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 3
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  • 40.
    Christmas Choruses
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 149552 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 41.
    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  ... 
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  • 42.
    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  ... 
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  • 43.
    Samuel Scheidt: Sacrae Cantiones
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 301 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Scheidt
    Conductor:  Lionel Meunier
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    Renaissance Brass Music / Paris Instr Ens, Eastman Brass Qnt
    Label: Vox Allegretto   Catalog: ACD 8154 Release Date: 05/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 45.
    Grand Tour / His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55344 Release Date: 05/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Buonamente,  Biagio Marini,  Giovanni de Macque,  Giovanni Bassano  ... 
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    Kreuzchorverspern - Geistliche Musik aus Dresden / Dresden Kreuzchor
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 16482 Release Date: 05/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Scheidt,  Johann Walter,  Gregor Aichinger,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
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    Amazing Brass / Canadian Brass
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 9327 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 48.
    Brass Splendour / Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 411955 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  William Byrd,  Jeremiah Clarke  ... 
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  • 49.
    KDFC presents A String Quartet Christmas
    Label: Kdfc   Catalog: 1109 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Traditional,  Hector Berlioz,  Gustav Holst  ... 
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    Due Chori - In Echo Ed In Risposta / Strobl, Cornets Noir
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 92572 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sommer,  Samuel Scheidt,  Alessandro Stradella,  Giovanni Picchi  ... 
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