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Heinrich Schütz
Schutz
Historical Figure
Nationality: Germany
Religion: Lutheranism
Date of Birth: October 8, 1585
Date of Death: November 6, 1672
Cause of Death: Stroke
Occupation: Composer
Parents: Euphrosyne Bieger (mother)
Spouse: Magdalena Wildeck (d. 1625)
Children: Anna Justina, Euphrosyne
Appearances:
1632 series
POD: May, 1631
Appearance(s): Grantville Gazette XVII
1636: The Devil's Opera
Type of Appearance: Direct
Spouse: Amber Higham
Heinrich Schütz (October 8, 1585 - November 6, 1672) was a German composer and organist, generally regarded as the most important German composer before Johann Sebastian Bach and often considered to be one of the most important composers of the 17th century along with Claudio Monteverdi. He wrote what is thought to be the first German opera, Dafne, performed at Torgau in 1627; however, the music has since been lost. He is commemorated as a musician in the Calendar of Saints of the Lutheran Church on July 28 with Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel. He died at age 87 from a stroke and was buried in the Dresden Frauenkirche but his tomb has since been destroyed.

Heinrich Schütz in 1632Edit

Nine years after his wife's death, Heinrich Schütz had to leave his daughters Anna Justina and Euphrosyne to the care of his mother Euphrosyne Bieger while working at the court of Elector John George of Saxony. Schütz rarely saw his daughters and often begged the Elector for leave to see them.

After hearing rumors about Grantville and due to infrequent payments from John George, Schütz visited the "peculiar" town, and, like many of his contemporaries, was culture-shocked. He was particularly overwhelmed by the discovery of his future musical composition. He underwent a spiritual crisis and briefly fell into a depression before soughing solace with pastor Johann Rothmaler, who explained the butterfly effect to Schütz and advised Schütz to try to see his future musical works without distress, and to enjoy them as he would enjoy the works of a different composer. After a brief quiet moment, Schütz was calmed by Rothmaler's words and thanked him.

Schütz stayed in Grantville to further his musical education. He later briefly entered the employ of Prince Ulrik of Denmark, before being employed by the Royal and Imperial Arts Council in Magdeburg for a small stipend by April 12, 1634. Schütz sent clothes and garments from Grantville to his daughters in Weissenfels. In July, Schütz was unexpectedly hired as the Kappellmeister of the court in Magdeburg by Emperor Gustavus Adolphus, much to the composer's delight.

While in Grantville, Schütz fell in love with Amber Higham and eventually married her as his second wife on December 19, 1634.

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