Schütz, Heinrich [Henrich] [Sagittarius, Henricus]
- Joshua Rifkin,
- Eva Linfield,
- Derek McCulloch
- and Stephen Baron
(b Köstritz [now Bad Köstritz], nr Gera, bap. Oct 9, 1585; d Dresden, Nov 6, 1672). German composer. He was the greatest German composer of the 17th century and the first of international stature. Through the example of his compositions and through his teaching he played a major part in establishing the traditions of high craftsmanship and intellectual depth that marked the best of his nation’s music and musical thought for more than 250 years after his death....