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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  • 51.
    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  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Cornets Noirs
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  • 52.
    111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon [55-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001341002 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Hubert Giesen,  Helmut Walcha  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Daniele Callegari,  Herbert von Karajan,  Karl Richter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Verdi Chorus Milan  ... 
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  • 53.
    For Unto Us A Child Is Born / Edward Higginbottom, New College Oxford
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3462 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis-Claude Daquin,  Francis Poulenc,  William Byrd,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Sir David Willcocks
    Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Novum Ensemble
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  • 54.
    Brass Music For Christmas / Guttler, Blechblaserensemble
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 115152 Release Date: 10/09/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Brade,  Heinrich Schütz,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Moritz von Hessen-Kassel  ... 
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ludwig Güttler Brass Ensemble
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  • 55.
    Echo - Glory Of Gabrieli / Canadian Brass
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 7380 Release Date: 10/06/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Samuel Scheidt
    Performer:  Eric Robertson,  Joe Burgstaller,  Brandon Ridenour,  Jeff Nelson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass,  Echo Brass
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  • 56.
    Praetorius: Nativitas / Philip Pickett, New London Consort
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458025 Release Date: 08/31/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Johann Walter,  Hans Leo Hassler,  Johann Hermann Schein  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
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  • 57.
    Classical Discovery - The History Of Classical Music
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 184622 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Charles Gounod,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Ronn McFarlane,  Cécile Ousset,  E. Power Biggs,  Grace Bumbry  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling,  Kurt Masur,  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Baltimore Consort,  Il Complesso Barocco  ... 
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  • 58.
    La Barcha D'amore / Savall, Figueras
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9811 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jordi Savall,  Traditional,  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Giulio Caccini  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Cristina Kiehr,  Rolf Lislevand,  Montserrat Figueras,  Hopkinson Smith  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations,  Schola Cantorum Basiliensis,  Hespèrion XXI  ... 
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  • 59.
    Works for Brass / Berlin Philharmonic Brass Ensemble
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457864 Release Date: 06/19/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Samuel Scheidt,  Henry Purcell,  Orlando de Lassus  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Brass
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  • 60.
    Gustav Leonhardt Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 696144 Release Date: 02/17/2009   Number of Discs: 21
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville,  François Couperin,  Alessandro Poglietti  ... 
    Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt,  Frans Brüggen,  Marie Leonhardt,  Jeannette Van Wingerden  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustav Leonhardt,  Sir David Willcocks,  Frans Brüggen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leonhardt Consort,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Brüggen Consort
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  • 61.
    Baroque Brass / English Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61541 Release Date: 01/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Andrea Gabrieli,  Adriano Banchieri,  Jeremiah Clarke  ... 
    Conductor:  Donald Fraser
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra Brass Ensemble
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  • 62.
    Humori / Les Voix Humaines, Les Voix Baroques
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2504 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Orlando Gibbons,  John Dowland,  Michael East,  Tobias Hume  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Humaines,  Les Voix Baroques
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  • 63.
    Escale
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 1005 Release Date: 01/06/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Samuel Scheidt,  Jean Joseph Mouret,  Gustav Holst  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Laval University Brass Quintet
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  • 64.
    In Vain - Von der Verganglichkeit / Quartet New Generation
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: 89143 Release Date: 01/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dorothée Hahne,  Samuel Scheidt,  Gordon Beeferman,  Paul Moravec  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Generation Quartet
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  • 65.
    Seasons Of Angels / The Rose Ensemble
    Label: Rose Ensemble   Catalog: 2 Release Date: 12/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Francisco Guerrero,  Johann Joseph Fux,  Hildegard of Bingen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rose Ensemble
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  • 66.
    Die Vögel Unter Dem Himmel - Scheidt, Schütz, Scheidemann, Etc / Brewer, Kitchen, Battling, Et Al
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34043 Release Date: 11/25/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Schütz,  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck,  Samuel Scheidt,  Heinrich Scheidemann
    Performer:  Edward Battling,  John Kitchen
    Conductor:  Mike Brewer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Youth Choir of Great Britain
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  • 67.
    Macht Hoch Die Tur - Music For Christmas
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 42972 Release Date: 10/30/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Traditional,  Johann Pachelbel,  Michael Praetorius,  Louis-Claude Daquin  ... 
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  • 68.
    Ein Feste Burg Ist Unser Gott
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98532 Release Date: 09/19/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Samuel Scheidt,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Balthasar Resinarius  ... 
    Conductor:  Ulrich Stötzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Siegen Bach Evangelischen Singgemeinde
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  • 69.
    Label: Raum Klang   Catalog: 27020 Release Date: 09/19/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Leo Hassler,  Christian Michael,  Samuel Scheidt,  Christian Erbach  ... 
    Performer:  Sebastian Knebel
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  • 70.
    Baroque Recorder Music / Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 421130 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck,  Samuel Scheidt,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
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  • 71.
    Music Of Renaissance, Baroque / American Brass Quintet
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3003 Release Date: 07/17/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrea Gabrieli,  Giovanni Gabrieli,  John Coprario,  Johann Georg C. Störl  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Brass Quintet
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  • 72.
    Scene Scheidt: Tabulatura Nova 2 / Franz Raml
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 6141497 Release Date: 05/27/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Scheidt
    Performer:  Franz Raml
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  • 73.
    Legends / Canadian Brass
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 7347 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  George Frideric Handel,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Samuel Scheidt  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Moody
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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  • 74.
    Consort Music & Airs For Flute - Holborne, Dowland, Scheidt, Etc / Martin, Sempe, Capriccio Stravagante
    Label: Paradizo   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anthony Holborne,  Samuel Scheidt,  Tobias Hume,  Alfonso Ferrabosco  ... 
    Performer:  Joshua Cheatham,  Skip Sempé,  Julien Martin
    Conductor:  Skip Sempé
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capriccio Stravagante
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  • 75.
    Krummhorn, Cromorne, Storto, Tournebout? -  Josquin, Schein, Etc / Stilz, Et Al
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 262 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Anonymous,  Lodovico da Viadana,  Francesco Corteccia  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernhard Stilz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Syntagma Amici
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