Samuel Capricornus


Born: December 21, 1628; Zercice, Czech Republic   Died: November 10, 1665; Stuttgart, Germany  
Samuel Capricornus was a talented and versatile composer following in the footsteps of Heinrich Schütz. In addition to pursuing music he also studied theology, philosophy, and Latin. His early activities are not documented until his appearance in Vienna in 1649. His stay there was not permanent and he next appears in a much different context in Strasbourg. In sharp contrast to the sumptuous counter-Reformation culture of the Habsburg capital, Read more Strasbourg presented a more modest Protestant alternative. Unable to find a permanent post there, he returned home where he worked as the director of music at Bratislava (Pressburg). He finally gained a notable and permanent position in 1656 when he was appointed kapellmeister to the Wurttemberg Court in Stuttgart, where he remained the rest of his life.

Like Schütz, Capricornus was successful in combining Italian concertante style with the German motet and his style occupies the territory between Schütz and Bach. His motets often feature colorful writing for voices and obligato instruments, including virtuoso parts for viola da gamba. While the bulk of his output is sacred music, he was also an important early figure in music for the stage -- all of which has been lost. Capricornus' printed works attained considerable popularity and several collections were published posthumously. A large part of his output is scattered across Europe in manuscripts that still await further investigation. His popularity and success were attested to by none other than Schütz himself, who, after receiving a copy of his 1665 collection Opus Musicum Schütz replied: "your remarkable works have been passed on to me and they fill me with delight. Go on serving God and his Church in this fashion." Read less
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  • 1.
    Boddecker: Sacra Partitura / Schoch, I Sonatori
    Label: Christophorus   Catalog: 77433 Release Date: 05/17/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Philipp Friedrich Boddecker,  Ulrich Steigleder,  Samuel Capricornus
    Performer:  Knut Schoch,  Isolde Kittel-Zerer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Sonatori
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    Quella Fiamma / Stutzmann, Orfeo 55
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 564495 Release Date: 10/27/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Francesco Durante,  Andrea Falconieri,  Francesca Caccini  ... 
    Conductor:  Nathalie Stutzmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orfeo 55
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    Capricornus: Jauchzet dem Herrn alle Welt / Wiegrabe, Capricornus Ensemble Stuttgart
    Label: Coviello Classics   Catalog: 91721 Release Date: 09/15/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Capricornus,  Antonio Bertali
    Conductor:  Henning Wiegrabe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capricornus Ensemble Stuttgart
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    Capricornus: Lieder von dem Leyden und Tode Jesu / Haller, La Chapelle Rhenane
    Label: Christophorus   Catalog: 77407 Release Date: 03/24/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Capricornus
    Conductor:  Benoit Haller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Rhénane
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    Wunderkammer / Acronym
    Label: New Focus   Catalog: 906 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Capricornus,  Adam Drese,  Johann Philipp Krieger,  Andreas Oswald  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Acronym
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    German Baroque Cantatas
    Label: Pan Classics   Catalog: 10293 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Philipp Förtsch,  Johann Pachelbel,  Johann Philipp Krieger,  Heinrich Ignaz Biber  ... 
    Performer:  Hana Blazikova
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  CordArte
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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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    Das Partiturbuch / Zincke, Ensemble Echo Du Danube
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557679 Release Date: 05/16/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Michael Nicolai,  Nathanael Schnittelbach,  Adam Drese,  Samuel Capricornus  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Jopp,  Rainer Johannsen,  Christian Zincke,  Michael Dücker  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Zincke
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Echo du Danube
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    A Soul In Love / Linda Perillo, Walter Reiter, Cordaria
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: 33 Release Date: 04/22/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Daniel Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Linda Perillo
    Conductor:  Walter Reiter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cordaria
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    Awake O North Wind /Headley, Reviol, Van Der Kamp, Tirami Su,
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72103 Release Date: 07/02/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Samuel Scheidt,  Johann Heinrich Schmelzer,  Heinrich Schütz  ... 
    Performer:  Laurie Reviol,  Anna Eriksson,  Suzanne Persson,  Nora Roll  ... 
    Conductor:  Erin Headley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tirami Su
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