Asked to write funeral music for his friend and patron during the middle of a war, with millions dying all around plus a shortage of musicians, Heinrich Schütz finds hope, beauty and joy among the devastation. His Musikalische Exequien (Funeral Music) is a 400-year old masterpiece that still works its magic.
Listening time: 39 mins (Podcast 11′, music 28′)
Music here, sung with urgent intensity by The Sixteen:
If you want to know exactly what’s being sung, you can download the cd booklet, which contains (among much else) the words in German with a rather old-churchy-English translation.
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