Heinrich Schütz (baptized Oct. 9, 1585-1672) was the greatest German composer of the seventeenth century and the first to reach international prominence. His influence was felt for more than two centuries after his death.
In 1598, after hearing the young Henrich sing, the Landgrave Moritz of Hessen-Kassel began a campaign to have the boy study at Kassel. In 1599, Christoph Schütz took his son to the landgrave’s seat, where he served as a choirboy and pursued his education showing particular facility in Greek, Latin, and Frence. After he lost his treble voice, he set out for the University of Marburg, where he studied law. But under the sponsorship of the landgrave, Heinrich went to Venice (1609) and studied with Giovanni Gabrieli… Go to person page >