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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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    Scheidt: Concertuum Sacrorum / Pierlot, Et Al
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 254 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Hermann Schein,  Johann Rudolf Ahle,  Christoph Bernhard,  Heinrich Schütz  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Pierlot
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort,  La Fenice
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  • 78.
    A Marian Christmas II - Krueger, St. Martin's Chamber Choir
    Label: St. Martin's Chamber Choir   Catalog: 10 Release Date: 09/18/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Geoffrey Bush,  M. Susan Brown,  Edmund Rubbra  ... 
    Conductor:  Timothy J. Krueger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Martin's Chamber Choir
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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    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:  Michael Praetorius,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Karl Hoyer,  Heinrich Schütz  ... 
    Performer:  Roland Maria Stangier
    Conductor:  Bernhard Römer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Andreas Kantorei
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  • 81.
    High, Bright, Light & Clear / Canadian Brass
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 14574 Release Date: 07/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  Samuel Scheidt,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Gottfried Reiche  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    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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  • 85.
    Amazing Brass [dvd]
    Label: Linus   Catalog: 75224 Release Date: 01/01/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Samuel Scheidt,  Ernie Burnett,  Jelly Roll Morton,  Luther Henderson  ... 
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  • 86.
    Samuel Scheidt: Ludi Musici / Les Sacqueboutiers
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 9996 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Scheidt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Sacqueboutiers
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  • 87.
    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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  • 88.
    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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  • 89.
    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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  • 90.
    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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  • 91.
    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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  • 92.
    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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  • 93.
    Festival Montreal Baroque Sampler - Pärt, Bach, Monteverdi
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22386 Release Date: 11/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Arvo Pärt,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Robert Ballard  ... 
    Performer:  Betsy MacMillan,  Sylvain Bergeron,  David McGuiness,  David Greenberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Jackson,  Eric Milnes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Studio for Ancient Music Choir,  Montreal Bach Choir,  Montreal Baroque Orchestra  ... 
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  • 94.
    Per Fridtjov Bonsaksen - Baroque Organ Music
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72146 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Georg F. Kauffmann,  Samuel Scheidt,  Joh. Valentin Rathgeber  ... 
    Performer:  Per Fridtjov Bonsaksen
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  • 95.
    Trumpet Voices / Neal Bernsten
    Label: Four Winds   Catalog: 3026 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Vierdanck,  Heinrich Ignaz Biber,  Roger Dannenberg,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Neal Bernsten
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  • 96.
    In Dulci Jubilo - Der Thomanerchor Sing Zur Weihachtszeit
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1067 Release Date: 10/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Hermann Schein,  Michael Praetorius,  Johann Abraham P. Schulz,  Johann Gottfried Walther  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Neumann,  Hannes Kästner,  Matthias Nollau
    Conductor:  Erhard Mauersberger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig St. Thomas Church Choir
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  • 97.
    Samuel Scheidt: Tabulatura Nova / Kevin Komisaruk
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22317 Release Date: 05/31/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Scheidt
    Performer:  Kevin Komisaruk
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  • 98.
    The Orpheus Of Amsterdam - Sweelinck, Et Al / Gail Archer
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 88043 Release Date: 05/05/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck,  Samuel Scheidt,  Heinrich Scheidemann
    Performer:  Gail Archer
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  • 99.
    King Of Instruments - The Art Of Gillian Weir Vol 3
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4601882 Release Date: 03/14/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  François Roberday,  Jean Langlais,  Samuel Scheidt
    Performer:  Gillian Weir
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  • 100.
    Monteverdi: Vespro;  Gabrieli, Scheidt, Schütz
    Label: Emi Classics Double Fforte   Catalog: 964817 Release Date: 03/01/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Heinrich Schütz,  Samuel Scheidt,  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Robert Tear,  Elly Ameling,  Norma Burrowes,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  Sir Philip Ledger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Wilbraham Brass Soloists,  Bach Choir  ... 
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