Music: Giant Remembered

In Philadelphia's Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany last week, music lovers heard something that was avowedly "different": the beginning of a three-day festival of music by Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672). It was staged by Conductor William H. Reese of the Haverford College Glee Club, partly because he wanted to avoid the "usual mishmash and hodgepodge" of choral programs, partly because from the time he was in college himself, he has been a stout Schütz admirer.

Composer Schütz was one of music's 17th century giants*; known as "the father of German music," he composed the first German opera (Dafne), and was the...

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