Johann Hermann Schein

Biography

Born: January 20, 1586; Grünhain, Germany   Died: November 19, 1630; Leipzig, Germany  
Johann Hermann Schein was born within a year of both Heinrich Schütz and Samuel Scheidt. Together, these three composers forged a new identity for German music during the early Baroque period, combining the traditional Germanic emphasis on contrapuntal setting of Lutheran chorales with modern stylistic innovations from Italy. In addition to his activities as a composer and poet, Schein is remembered as one of J.S. Bach's predecessors as Read more Kantor of St. Thomas in Leipzig.

Although he was born in the small town of Grünhain in 1586, Schein spent most of his childhood years in Dresden. He showed musical promise as a child, and in 1599 was accepted into the choir of the Elector of Saxony as a boy soprano. Schein's musical education continued under the direct guidance of the court's Kapellmeister, and when his voice broke, he left the Kapelle in May of 1603 to enroll at the prestigious Schulpforta School for Music and the Humanities. After briefly returning to Dresden in 1607, he enrolled at the University of Leipzig to study music, literature, and law, remained there for four years. While a student there, he also published his first work, Venus Kräntzlein, a musical setting of his own poems.

Although he had always divided his attention between music and literature, in 1615 Schein was offered the post of Kapellmeister to the Duke of Weimar. However, his time at Weimar was cut short when he successfully auditioned for the job of Kantor at St. Thomas in Leipzig in late 1616. During the 1620s, Schein suffered a number of personal misfortunes, which impeded his successful professional life. His first wife died in 1624, and most or possibly all of the children born by his second wife, whom he married in 1625, died before reaching adulthood. In addition, Schein's health was declining, and, after suffering tuberculosis, scurvy and kidney stones for most of his adult life, he died in 1630, at the age of 44.

Unlike his close friend and colleague Samuel Scheidt, whose fame rests largely on the merits of his instrumental music, Schein was essentially a composer of vocal music. While his early sacred music draws heavily on the motets of Lassus and Bodenschatz -- whose compilation of motets was used for musical instruction at the Schulpforta -- Schein later developed a more modern style of sacred vocal concerto with basso continuo. The Opella nova of 1618 contains some of the earliest examples of this revolutionary new form. The texts used in his secular music are entirely his own; the music, like his work for sacred occasions, develops over time from a relatively simple, homophonic style, as in the early Venus Kräntzlein. More complex textures featuring greater vocal independence and basso continuo appear in Hirten Lust, published in 1624, the first collection of German madrigals with basso continuo. Read less
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    Freue Dich, Du Tochter Zion
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83393 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andreas Hammerschmidt,  Johannes Eccard,  Michael Praetorius,  Vincent Lübeck  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Bernius,  Felicitas Erb,  Mathias Monrad Moller,  Andreas [Bass (Vocal)] Beinhauer  ... 
    Conductor:  Holger Speck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Favorites
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    Christmas Mass / Mccreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001933502 Release Date: 11/05/2013  
    Composer:  Martin Luther,  Anonymous,  Samuel Scheidt,  Johann Hermann Schein  ... 
    Performer:  Timothy Roberts,  Tom Phillips,  Tessa Bonner,  Sarah Pendlebury  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players,  Roskilde Cathedral Boys' Choir
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    Die Helle Sonn Leuchtet: Deutsche Kirchenlieder (German Hymns)
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777792 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kaspar Ulenberg,  Nikolaus Decius,  Traditional,  Michael Praetorius  ... 
    Performer:  Christoph [Renaissance Guitar] Eglhuber,  Arno Jochem De La Rosee,  Michael Eberth,  Arno Paduch
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    Archiv Produktion 1947-2013
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001833572 Release Date: 06/18/2013   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Anonymous,  Adam de la Halle,  Raimbaut de Vaqeiras  ... 
    Performer:  Helmut Walcha,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Hermann Töttcher,  Maria Jung  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Ristenpart,  Fritz Lehmann,  Maurus Pfaff,  Safford Cape  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Karl Ristenpart Chamber Orchestra,  Bach Festival Orchestra,  Frankfurt Music School Chorus  ... 
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    Music of Old Cities & Royal Courts
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 283312 Release Date: 05/21/2013   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Gregor Joseph Werner,  Frederick the Great  ... 
    Performer:  Tivadar Bantay,  Christa Richter-Steiner,  Theo Altmeyer,  Lisa Otto  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernhard Paumgartner,  Karl Forster,  Wolfgang Meyer,  Hans von Benda  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica,  Baryton Trio,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Schutz: Musikalische Exequien & Motetten  / Homburg, Stuttgarter Hymnus Chorknaben
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 9021784 Release Date: 04/23/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Schütz,  Johann Hermann Schein
    Conductor:  Rainer Johannes Homburg,  Roland Wilson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Hymnus Boys Choir,  Musica Fiata
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    Johann Hermann Schein: Opella Nova; Fontana D'israel
    Label: Hortus   Catalog: 75 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Hermann Schein
    Performer:  Remy Mahler
    Conductor:  Michel Laplénie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Sagittarius (Vocal/Instr. Ensemble)
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    Bach: John Passion / Butt, Dunedin Consort
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 419 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Jacob Handl,  Johann Hermann Schein
    Performer:  John Butt,  Joanne Lunn,  Nicholas Mulroy,  Matthew Brook  ... 
    Conductor:  John Butt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dunedin Consort
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    Cantors of St. Thomas Before Bach / Bohme
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83342 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sethus Calvisius,  Sebastian Knüpfer,  Johann Kuhnau  ... 
    Conductor:  Ludwig Böhme
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Josquin des Prez Chamber Choir
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    Johann Hermann Schein: Fontana D'israel
    Label: Hortus   Catalog: 90 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Hermann Schein
    Conductor:  Michel Laplénie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Sagittarius (Vocal/Instr. Ensemble)
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    Uns ist ein Kind geboren - Christmas Concertos & Arias / Mammel, L'Arpa Festante
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83373 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky,  Christoph Bernhard,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Johann Heinrich Schmelzer  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Jörg Mammel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arpa Festante
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    Gallus, Hassler, Schein / Thios Omilos
    Label: Rondeau Productions   Catalog: 6041 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Hermann Schein,  Hans Leo Hassler,  Jacob Handl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Thios Omilos
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    Weynacht Gesaenge / Stimmwerck
    Label: Christophorus   Catalog: 77364 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Scheidt,  Anonymous,  Hans Leo Hassler,  Esaias Reusner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stimmwerck
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    Schein: Israelsbrunnlein / Rademann, Dresden Chamber Choir
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83350 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Hermann Schein
    Performer:  Stefan Maass
    Conductor:  Hans-Christoph Rademann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Chamber Choir
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    Geistliche Musik Fur Ein Ganzes Jahr (Sacred Music For The Entire Year) / Kreile, Dresdner Kreuzchor
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300332 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Heinrich Schütz,  Johann Caspar Horn,  Sethus Calvisius,  Samuel Seidel  ... 
    Performer:  Fritz Herrmann,  Georg Guldner,  Franz Lindner,  Felix Morgner  ... 
    Conductor:  Roderich Kreile
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Sagittariana
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    Vespers For The End Of The Church Year / Kreile, Dresdner Kreuzchor
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300062 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Leo Hassler,  Johann Walter,  Heinrich Schütz,  Louis Spohr  ... 
    Conductor:  Roderich Kreile
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir
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    Label: Bayer Records   Catalog: BR500004 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andreas Hammerschmidt,  Johannes Eccard,  Heinrich Schütz,  Heinrich Scheidemann  ... 
    Performer:  Carsten Lorenz
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    Kerstmis Noel Christmas Weihnachten
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 6111 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Michael Praetorius,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Andreas Hammerschmidt  ... 
    Performer:  Leo van Doeselaar
    Conductor:  Jos van Veldhoven
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Bach Society Choir,  Cappella Figuralis,  Netherlands Bach Society
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    Mythos 116 / Calmus Ensemble
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83366 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nicolaus Erich,  Bernd Franke,  Johann Hermann Schein,  Steffen Schleiermacher  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Calmus Ensemble
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    Ein Lammlein: 17th-century German Passion Music / The Teares Of The Muses
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 50160030 Release Date: 10/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Capricornus,  Johann Hermann Schein,  David Funck,  Samuel Scheidt  ... 
    Conductor:  Margaret Panofsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Teares Of The Muses
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  • 21.
    Ein Kind Ist Geboren
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 7771046 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Schütz,  Johannes Eccard,  Ernst Pepping,  Heinrich Kaminski  ... 
    Conductor:  Steffen Walther
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chemnitz Chamber Choir
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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
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Johannes Eccard  ... 
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae
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    150 German Folksongs / Prey, Schreier, Dresden Kreuzchor, Thomanerchor Leipzig
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 7106 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Friedrich Silcher,  Traditional,  Robert Franz  ... 
    Performer:  Konrad Ragossnig,  Peter Schreier,  Geoffrey Parsons,  Hermann Prey  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden,  Roland Buchner,  Jörg-Peter Weigle
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    Schein: Fontana D'israel / Max, Rheinische Kantorei
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 5069 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Hermann Schein
    Performer:  Martina Lins,  Johanna Koslowsky,  Maria Arentz,  Bernhard Schneider  ... 
    Conductor:  Hermann Max
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinische Kantorei
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    Hohepunkte Der Chormusik
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300227 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Heinrich Isaac,  Pierre de La Rue,  Josquin Des Préz,  Antoine de Févin  ... 
    Performer:  Karl-Heinz Schmieder,  Werner Eberhardt,  Siegfried Hausmann,  Joachim Vogt  ... 
    Conductor:  Dietrich Knothe,  Hans Gruss,  Roderich Kreile,  Rudolf Mauersberger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schütz-Akademie,  Virtuosi Saxoniae,  Trompetensemble Ludwig Güttler  ... 
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