Johann Hermann Schein


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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    Bach: John Passion / Dunedin Consort
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 419 Release Date: 02/23/2018   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Hermann Schein,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Jacob Handl  ... 
    Conductor:  John Butt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dunedin Consort
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    Larmes de Resurrection / Bestion, La Tempete
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 394 Release Date: 02/23/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Schütz,  Johann Hermann Schein
    Conductor:  Simon-Pierre Bestion
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Tempete
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    Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott / Meunier, Jacobs, Vox Luminis
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 153 Release Date: 02/09/2018   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Heinrich Scheidemann,  Michael Altenburg,  Andreas Hammerschmidt,  Paul Siefert  ... 
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    5[five] / Coolen, Flanders Recorder Quartet
    Label: Aeolus   Catalog: 10276 Release Date: 11/17/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pieter Campo,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Soren Sieg,  Louis Prima  ... 
    Performer:  Saskia Coolen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flanders Recorder Quartet
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    Music in Germany from Schutz to Bach / Lejeune
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 109 Release Date: 11/17/2017   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Martin Luther,  Michael Altenburg,  Michael Praetorius,  Johann Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Guy de Mey,  Agnès Mellon,  Greta de Reyghere,  Stéphane Van Dijck  ... 
    Conductor:  Lionel Meunier,  Denis Menier,  Philippe Pierlot,  Erik Van Nevel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vox Luminis,  Choeur de Chambre de Namur Choir,  Ricercar Consort  ... 
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    Back Before Bach / Piffaro
    Label: Navona   Catalog: 6106 Release Date: 07/14/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Heinrich Isaac,  Heinrich Finck,  Stephen Mahu  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
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    Luther Collage / Calmus Ensemble
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83478 Release Date: 03/03/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Martin Luther,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer,  Johann Hermann Schein  ... 
    Performer:  Ludwig Böhme
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Calmus Ensemble
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    Chants for Christmas from the 15th and 16th Century / Ruhland, Capella Antiqua Munchen
    Label: Mps   Catalog: 300769 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anna von Koln,  Trienter Tabul Anonymous,  Caelius Sedulius,  Martin Agricola  ... 
    Conductor:  Konrad Ruhland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Antiqua München
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    Schutz: Die Weihnachtshistorie / Tubery, La Fenice
    Label: Christophorus   Catalog: 77404 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Hermann Schein,  Matthias Weckmann,  Heinrich Schütz
    Performer:  Hans Jörg Mammel,  Claire Lefilliatre
    Conductor:  Jean Tubery
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choeur de Chambre de Namur Choir,  La Fenice
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    Luther und die Musik
    Label: Christophorus   Catalog: 77403 Release Date: 09/30/2016   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Petrus Roselli,  Anonymous,  Johannes Hesdimois,  Josquin Des Préz  ... 
    Performer:  Franz Vitzthum,  Julian Behr,  Margit SchultheiB,  Marion E. Herbst  ... 
    Conductor:  Alessandro Quarta,  Arno Paduch,  Wilfried Rombach,  Bernhard Klebel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Romano,  Johann Rosenmüller Ensemble,  Musica Antiqua Vienna  ... 
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    Dresden Passion / Schuster, Cappella Sagittariana Dresden
    Label: Rondeau Productions   Catalog: 612122 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Heinrich Schütz,  Anonymous,  Marco Gioseppe Peranda,  Christoph Bernhard  ... 
    Conductor:  Norbert Schuster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Sagittariana Dresden
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    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lorin Maazel,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Amadeus Quartet,  Paris Orchestra  ... 
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    Martin Luther: Ein Feste Burg Ist Unser Gott
    Label: Rondeau Productions   Catalog: 6074 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Scheidt,  Michael Praetorius,  Heinrich Grimm,  Johann Hermann Schein  ... 
    Performer:  Birte Kulawik,  Michael Schaffrath,  Clemens Heidrich,  Matthias Grünert  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumenta Musica
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    Luther: Most Famous Hymns
    Label: Querstand   Catalog: 1517 Release Date: 10/02/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Melchior Vulpius,  Johann Ludwig Krebs,  Dietrich Buxtehude  ... 
    Performer:  Felix Friedrich,  Anne-Marie Seager,  Rainer Goede,  Jean Ferrard  ... 
    Conductor:  Gert Frischmuth,  Sebastian Göring,  Christian Skobowsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bläser-Collegium Leipzig
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    17th Century Funeral Music: Schutz, Praetorius, Schein, Demantius
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95123 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Schütz,  Michael Praetorius,  Johann Hermann Schein,  Christoph Demantius
    Performer:  Mieke van der Sluis,  Reinhard Decker,  Wolfgang Katschner,  Hermann Oswald  ... 
    Conductor:  Howard Arman
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    Johann Hermann Schein: Musica Boscareccia
    Label: Pan Classics   Catalog: 10326 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Hermann Schein
    Performer:  Julia von Landsberg,  Christine Maria Rembeck
    Conductor:  Thor Harald Johnsen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United Continuo Ensemble
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    Bartolome De Selma Y Salaverde: Orfeo Celeste
    Label: Vanitas   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Hermann Schein,  Bartolemé de Selma y Salaverde,  Luzzasco Luzzaschi
    Conductor:  Andres Alberto Gomez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Reverencia
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    Festival Au Grand-orgue
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2704 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Hermann Schein,  Carlo Gesualdo,  Henry Purcell,  Giulio Caccini
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    Label: Raum Klang   Catalog: 10114 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Antipho Anonymous,  Sethus Calvisius,  Pandolfo Zallamella,  Orlando de Lassus  ... 
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    Guerre & Paix, 1614-1714 / Jordi Savall
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9908 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Turkish Anonymous,  Moyshe Oysher,  Samuel Scheidt  ... 
    Performer:  Jordi Savall,  Marianne Beate Kielland,  Christoph Irmer,  Hanna Bayodi-Hirt  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations,  Hespèrion XXI,  La Capella Reial de Catalunya
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  • 21.
    Johann Hermann Schein: Ich Will Schweigen
    Label: Ramee   Catalog: 1401 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Hermann Schein,  Johann Philipp Krieger,  Heinrich Bach,  Gottfried Reiche  ... 
    Performer:  Marc Meisel,  Béatrice Mayo-Félip,  Alice Foccroulle
    Conductor:  Lambert Colson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Inalto
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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:  Felicitas Erb,  Maria Bernius,  Julia [Soprano Vocal] Jurgasch,  Katja [Soprano Vocal] Kunze  ... 
    Conductor:  Holger Speck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Favorites
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  • 23.
    Christmas Mass / Mccreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001933502 Release Date: 11/05/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Martin Luther,  Anonymous,  Samuel Scheidt,  Michael Praetorius  ... 
    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:  Arno Paduch,  Michael Eberth,  Arno Jochem De La Rosee,  Christoph [Renaissance Guitar] Eglhuber
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  • 25.
    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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