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.