9th Biennial Conference on Baroque Music


Heinrich Schütz's 'Saul, Saul': Confluences of Music and Art

George King

For more than a century now Henrich Schütz's remarkable work Saul, Saul, was vervolgst du mich, from the third part of the Symphoniae sacrae of 1650, has been regarded as forward-looking in the way it influenced German sacred music of the entire late Baroque. In this paper I examine Schütz's perception of Saul's revelation at the moment he was converted, as conveyed in the music of Saul, Saul, and then explore ways in which Schütz the composer may have been influenced by tendencies that were current in the visual arts world of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Finally, I indicate possible sources for these influences on Saul, Saul in artworks dating from this period, signifying confluences of music and art.

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