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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  • 76.
    Wunderbare Weihnacht
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 182562 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Various,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Heinrich Schütz  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Schreier
    Conductor:  Kurt Thomas,  Rudolf Mauersberger,  Hans-Joachim Rotzsch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir,  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Leipzig Thomaner Choir  ... 
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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    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,  Balthasar Resinarius
    Conductor:  Ulrich Stötzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Siegen Bach Evangelischen Singgemeinde
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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    Gala Concert - 10th Anniverary / Orchestra Of The 18th Century
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 434135 Release Date: 12/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the 18th Century
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  • 85.
    Best Carols 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 10371 Release Date: 11/06/2007   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Traditional,  William James Kirkpatrick,  Henry Walford Davies,  Patrick Hadley  ... 
    Performer:  Francis Grier,  Jeremy Blandford,  Barbara Hendricks,  Hermann Prey  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger,  Sir David Willcocks,  John Rutter,  Andrew Parrott  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Clare College Choir,  Clare College Orchestra  ... 
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  • 86.
    Ludi Musici - The Spirit Of Dance 1450-1650
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9853 Release Date: 09/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Various,  Anonymous,  Henri Le Bailly  ... 
    Performer:  Montserrat Figueras,  Driss El Maloumi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Kaboul,  Hespèrion XXI,  (La) Capella Reial de Catalunya Ensemble  ... 
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  • 87.
    Hort Der Engel Helle Lieder - Praetorius, Etc / Romer, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98431 Release Date: 09/04/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roland Maria Stangier,  Samuel Scheidt,  Lucas Osiander,  Sigfrid Karg-Elert  ... 
    Performer:  Roland Maria Stangier
    Conductor:  Bernhard Römer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Andreas Kantorei
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  • 88.
    Scheidt: Dances And Songs / German Brass
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 47692 Release Date: 08/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Scheidt
    Conductor:  Enrique Crespo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Brass
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  • 89.
    High, Bright, Light & Clear / Canadian Brass
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 14574 Release Date: 06/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  Samuel Scheidt,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Gottfried Reiche  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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  • 90.
    Lübeck, Bruhns, Scheidt: Organ Works / Helmut Walcha
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 431551 Release Date: 06/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincent Lübeck,  Samuel Scheidt,  Nicolaus Bruhns
    Performer:  Helmut Walcha
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  • 91.
    Scheidt: The Great Sacred Concertos / Musica Fiata, Et Al
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777145 Release Date: 03/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Scheidt
    Conductor:  Roland Wilson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Capella Ducale,  Musica Fiata
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  • 92.
    Easter On Fifth Avenue - Rutter, Etc / St. Thomas Church
    Label: Pro Organo   Catalog: 7209 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford,  William Byrd,  Eugene Gigout,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Lane,  Jeremy S. Bruns
    Conductor:  John Scott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Thomas Men and Boy's Choir,  St. Thomas Brass
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  • 93.
    Label: Ottavo   Catalog: 48609 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gioachino Rossini,  Malcolm Forsyth,  Claude Le Jeune  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Brass Quintet
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  • 94.
    Winter / Daniel Hughes, The Choral Project, Et Al
    Label: Clarion   Catalog: 918 Release Date: 10/17/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Michael Praetorius,  Arvo Pärt  ... 
    Performer:  Juanita Harris,  Derek Smith,  Marc Hughes,  James Welch  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Hughes,  Barbara Day Turner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Choral Project,  Santa Fe Chamber Orchestra,  Silicon Valley Gay Men's Chorus
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  • 95.
    Label: Bayer Records   Catalog: 500004 Release Date: 09/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andreas Hammerschmidt,  Johannes Eccard,  Heinrich Schütz,  Heinrich Scheidemann  ... 
    Performer:  Carsten Lorenz
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  • 96.
    Orgeln In Sachsen / Dietrich Wagler
    Label: Querstand   Catalog: 518 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Jacob Froberger,  Samuel Scheidt,  Georg Muffat,  Johann Pachelbel  ... 
    Performer:  Dietrich Wagler
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  • 97.
    Bach, Byrd, Weckmann / Luchterhandt, Janssen
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 9061363 Release Date: 04/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnolt Schlick,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  William Byrd  ... 
    Performer:  Agnes Luchterhandt,  Thiemo Janssen
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  • 98.
    Dresden Kreuzchoir - Legendary Recordings
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 8392 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Gottfried August Homilius,  Rudolf Mauersberger,  Johann Hermann Schein,  Max Reger  ... 
    Performer:  Georg Fleischer,  Reinhold Krause,  Eberhard Uhlig,  Heinz Müller  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Mauersberger,  Gothart Stier,  Martin Flämig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir,  Capella Fidicinia,  Blasende Music Leipzig  ... 
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  • 99.
    Ludwig Güttler - Festliche Klänge Aus Dresden
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 8391 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gottfried Finger,  Johann Mathias Sperger  ... 
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler,  Friedrich Kircheis,  Andreas Lorenz,  Günter Klier  ... 
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ludwig Güttler Brass Ensemble,  Bach Collegium Leipzig,  Virtuosi Saxoniae
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  • 100.
    Riverberi Nello Spazio E Nel Tempo / Tagliaferri, Sciddurlo
    Label: Stradivarius   Catalog: 33714 Release Date: 01/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-François Dandrieu,  Grazia Salvatori,  Massimo Berzolla,  Silvio Amato  ... 
    Performer:  Margherita Sciddurlo,  Pietro Tagliaferri
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