Opus Ultimum: Der Schwanengesang
Born exactly one century before the late Baroque masters Bach and Handel, Heinrich Schütz was recognized in his epitaph as “saeculi sui Musicus excellentissimus” (the most excellent musician of his time). In the early 1660s, Schütz began to prepare for his own death. He embarked on a setting of all 176 verses of Psalm 119; it was to be his Swansong or Schwanengesang, his final musical meditation on life, death, and life after death. The work, employing double choir throughout, is a revelation of masterful compositional skill and stunning beauty. The Choir is joined by an ensemble of viols, sacbuts, cornett and organ to present the work with a tapestry of color evoking the splendor of the Baroque period.
Choir of St. Luke in the Fields
Sonnambula Viol Consort, Ensemble of Sacbuts and Cornett
Concert: 8:00 PM at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields
Pre-concert lecture: Dr. Orly Krasner, 7:00 PM, Laughlin Hall
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
This program is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
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