Heinrich Schutz, 1585 – 1672

November 6, 1672 – Heinrich Schütz, German organist and composer dies.

Schütz is generally regarded as the most important German composer before Johann Sebastian Bach and often considered to be one of the most important composers of the 17th century. He wrote what is traditionally considered to be the first German opera, Dafne, performed at Torgau in 1627, the music of which has since been lost. He is commemorated as a musician in the Calendar of Saints of the Lutheran Church on July 28th with Bach and Georg Friedrich Handel.

Submitted for your enjoyment today is a postage stamp issued by West Germany in 1972, the 300th anniversary of Schütz’s death, featuring an excerpt from one of the composer’s manuscripts.

heinrich schutz music


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