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Samuel Capricornus

Samuel Capricornus was a talented and versatile composer subsequent in the footsteps of Heinrich Schütz. Furthermore to seeking music he also researched theology, idea, and Latin. His early actions are not noted until his appearance in Vienna in 1649. His stay there is not long lasting and he following appears within a very much different framework in Strasbourg. In sharpened contrast towards the sumptuous counter-Reformation lifestyle from the Habsburg capital, Strasbourg shown a more humble Protestant alternative. Struggling to find a long lasting post there, he came back house where he proved helpful as the movie director of music at Bratislava (Pressburg). He finally obtained a significant and long lasting placement in 1656 when he was appointed kapellmeister towards the Wurttemberg Courtroom in Stuttgart, where he continued to be the others of his lifestyle. Like Schütz, Capricornus was effective in merging Italian concertante design using the German motet and his design occupies the place between Schütz and Bach. His motets frequently feature colorful composing for voices and obligato musical instruments, including virtuoso parts for viola da gamba. As the almost all his result can be sacred music, he was also a significant early shape in music for the stage — which has been dropped. Capricornus’ printed functions attained considerable reputation and several choices were released posthumously. A big section of his result is dispersed across European countries in manuscripts that still await further analysis. His reputation and success had been attested to by non-e apart from Schütz himself, who, after finding a duplicate of his 1665 collection Opus Musicum Schütz replied: “your exceptional works have already been passed on if you ask me and they fill up me with joy. Go on offering God and his Cathedral in this manner.”

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