Monday 2nd May 2016 – Oxford Baroque

Oh World, Goodnight

Oxford Baroque

This programme presents an exploration of a series of heart-wrenching works by Heinrich Schütz and some of his seventeenth-century German contemporaries. Produced across a period of over several decades, they are united by the common theme of being commemorative works, written in dedication to the lives of various friends, colleagues and patrons of the seventeenth-century German composer. Herr, nun laessest du deinen, a German setting of the Nunc Dimittis, was written in response to the death of Johann Georg I, Elector of Saxony, who was to be one of Schütz’s most important patrons. Compared with his setting of the same text at the conclusion of the Musikalisches, it presents a fascinating insight into Schütz’s creative considerations, in the way that he approaches setting the same text in such different yet effective ways. Das ist je gewisslich wahr was written at the request of Johann Hermann Schein, a long-time friend of Schütz’s and an important composer, who was one of J.S. Bach’s predecessors as Kantor of the Thomaskirche in Leipzig. Schütz recalls in the preface to the print how his colleague had selected Paul’s address to Timothy, to which Schütz responds powerfully to its affirmative statement that ‘This is a true saying.’

Rapidly gaining attention as one of the most promising and exciting early music ensembles in the UK, Oxford Baroque is made up of both a number of young and more established professional singers and players. Originally formed by a group of students with a passion for music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries who met whilst studying at the University of Oxford, the group has expanded to include performers who have collaborated in the context of other ensembles, in their fledgling individual careers. Having recently been featured on BBC Radio 3, they have been described as “one ensemble to watch closely”, “bright young sparks” and “brimming with talent”.

Monday 2nd May 2016, 7.30pm St Dunstan’s Church Mayfield £20, £12 Book now