Samuel Scheidt


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.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    A String Quartet Christmas, Vols. 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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    Renaissance Brass Music / Paris Instr Ens, Eastman Brass Qnt
    Label: Vox Allegretto   Catalog: ACD 8154 Release Date: 05/12/2010   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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  • 61.
    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  ... 
    Performer:  David Staff,  Timothy Roberts,  Jeremy West
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
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  • 62.
    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  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir
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  • 63.
    Amazing Brass / Canadian Brass
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 9327 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sy Oliver,  George Gershwin,  Glenn Miller  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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  • 64.
    Brass Splendour / Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 411955 Release Date: 01/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  William Byrd,  Jeremiah Clarke  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Jones
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
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  • 65.
    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  ... 
    Performer:  Emily Mitchell,  Nathaniel Rosen,  Natasha Lipkina,  Nina Bodnar  ... 
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  • 66.
    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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  • 67.
    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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  • 68.
    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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  • 69.
    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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  • 70.
    Praetorius: Nativitas / Philip Pickett, New London Consort
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458025 Release Date: 08/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Hermann Schein,  Michael Praetorius,  Samuel Scheidt,  Hans Leo Hassler  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
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  • 71.
    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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  • 72.
    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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  • 73.
    The Guard On The Battlement
    Label: Coviello Classics   Catalog: 20907 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Scheidt,  Michael Praetorius
    Performer:  Katharina Bäuml
    Conductor:  Katharina Bäuml
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de la Torre
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  • 74.
    Works for Brass / Berlin Philharmonic Brass Ensemble
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457864 Release Date: 06/05/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Samuel Scheidt,  Henry Purcell,  Orlando de Lassus  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Brass
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  • 75.
    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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