Von Aufgang der Sonnen

from Symphoniae Sacrae book II

Heinrich Schütz (1685-1750)

Editor: Edited by Derek Harrison

for two basses (D-d'; E-e'), two violins and bc

Ref. no Stz 2 (in 'cantatas')           sample page      cover page      To order:     

In this setting of verses from Psalm 113, Schütz uses the rich colours of two bass voices set against the high-sounding violins. There are some picturesque moments such as: the rising and falling of the opening phrase(“From the rising ….unto the going down…”); the long melisma (bars 45-46) for the wideness of the heavens; bottom E for “the mire” (bars 80,81); the use of repeated notes for the joyful mother (bar 102 onwards). The time changes from 4 time to 3 time also add colour to the setting.