Schütz, Heinrich [ Henrich ] [ Sagittarius, Henricus ]
- revised by Joshua Rifkin,
- Eva Linfield,
- Derek McCulloch
- and Stephen Baron
[ Henrich ][ Sagittarius, Henricus ]
(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.
Joshua Rifkin and Eva Linfield
Schütz came from a prominent bourgeois family of Franconian origin that had resided in Saxony since the mid-15th century. His birthplace belonged to the principality of Reuss and lay close to Gera, capital of the region. Albrecht Schütz, his paternal grandfather, owned a local inn, ‘Zum goldenen Kranich’; Christoph Schütz, Heinrich’s father, served as a town clerk in Gera during the mid-1570s, then took over the inn at Köstritz on behalf of Albrecht, who had moved to Weissenfels in ...