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MUSICON: Heinrich Schütz | A German in Venice

09/03/2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

£1.00 – £10.00

Commemorating the 350th anniversary since Schütz’s death, The Brook Street Band and tenor (and Durham graduate) David de Winter explore his solo cantatas and bring to life the brilliant virtuosic Venetian music of the time which heavily influenced the German master’s musical language.

Tenor: David de Winter

Violins: Rachel Harris, Kathryn Parry

Cello: Tatty Theo

Harpsichord: Carolyn Gibley

Whilst relatively unknown, Schütz is one of the most important figures in the history of music, straddling the period between the end of the Renaissance and the high baroque.  He spent two extended periods in Venice under the tutelage of Giovanni Gabrieli, and later Claudio Monteverdi, which came to define his musical language, heavily influencing not only the music of his contemporaries, but also the great composers of the later German baroque era, such as Buxtehude, Telemann, Handel and JS Bach. The programme explores Schütz’s mesmerising solo vocal concertos alongside music of his contemporaries and successors, highlighting the various influences on Schütz, and in turn, the lasting impact he had on the next generation of German composers.

In the early 1600s, Venice was the cultural capital of the world, boasting the likes of the artist Tintoretto, the architect Longhena, buildings such as the impressive St Mark’s Basilica, the famous Carnevale festival, as well as celebrated composers and musicians.  It is no wonder, therefore, that the city had a lasting impact on Heinrich Schütz.  He spent two extended periods in Venice; the first, studying under Giovanni Gabrieli from 1609 to 1612, and the second, meeting and studying with the great Claudio Monteverdi in 1628.  This greatly influenced Schütz’s music as he absorbed and combined the ornate, florid and theatrical Venetian compositional techniques with the more understated Lutheran tradition, resulting in a wonderfully unique musical style.



SchützExsultavit cor meum (4.30)
Alessandro Grandi – Decantabat (4)
SchützHerr unser Herrscher (5)
Claudio MonteverdiLaudate Dominum (4)
Francesco CavalliO quam suavis est (4)
SchützLobet den Herrn (4.30)
GrandiSonent citharae (4.30)
SchützCantabo Domino in vita mea (4.30)

SchützParatum cor meum (4)

MonteverdiConfitebor tibi Domine (8)
SchützO susser, O freundlicher (4.30)
Giovanni SancesStabat Mater (10)
SchützIch werde nicht sterben (4.30)
GrandiConfitebor tibi Domine (3.30)
SchützIch danke dir, Herr (4)

Important Event Information

Doors Open: 7:00 pm
Interval: Yes
Ticket Prices: £10 Standard/ £5 Concession/ £1 Children Under 18 Years of Age
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7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
£1.00 – £10.00


Durham Town Hall
Durham, DH1 3NJ United Kingdom + Google Map


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