Psalmen Davids, Op. 2 (Heinrich Schütz)

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Title: Psalmen Davids sampt etlichen Moteten und Concerten, published Dresden, 1619

Composer: Heinrich Schütz

Catalogue Number: SWV 22–47

Published: First published in Dresden, 1619, and subsequently denoted as Schütz's opus 2. Subsequently printed in the 19th century in the Sämtliche Werke (Old Schütz Edition) published in Leipzig and edited by Philipp Spitta, and more recently in the New Schütz Edition published since 1955 by Bärenreiter, Kassel, in volumes 23–26.

Description: This mighty collection, the first volume of Psalmen Davids, clearly shows the influence of Schütz's time in Venice under the tutelage of Giovanni Gabrieli, with many of the pieces written for multiple choirs, with obbligato instruments and extra vocal parts that can be disposed between voices and instruments ad libitum. In the instrumental listings below, almost all of the ensembles described as instruments... ad lib are partially or completely supplied with texts, so in effect the pieces for 2 choirs plus 2 instrumental groups can also be sung as pieces for 4 choirs. These extra choirs are described as the cappella, whereas the principal choir(s), which often include solo voices, are described as the cori favoriti.

List of works

Abbreviations:
bc = basso continuo, bsn = bassoon, cor = cornetto, timp = timpani, tpt = trumpet, trb = trombone, vl = violin, vla = viola

No SWV Title text/note instr
01 22 Der Herr sprach zu meinem Herren Psalm 110 SATB-SATB, instr à 5 ad lib, bc
02 23 Warum toben die Heiden Psalm 2 SATB-SATB, 2xinstr à 4 ad lib, bc
03 24 Ach, Herr, straf mich nicht Psalm 6 SATB-SATB, bc
04 25 Aus der Tiefe Psalm 130 SATB-SATB, bc
05 26 Ich freu mich des Psalm 122 SATB-SATB, 2xinstr à 4 ad lib, bc
06 27 Herr, unser Herrscher Psalm 8 SSAB-ATTB, instr à 5 ad lib, bc
07 28 Wohl dem, der nicht wandelt Psalm 1 SSAB-ATTB, bc
08 29 Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen Psalm 84 SSAB-TTBB, bc
09 30 Wohl dem, der den Herren fürchtet Psalm 128 SSAT-ATBB, bc
10 31 Ich hebe meine Augen auf Psalm 121 SATB-SATB, bc
11 32 Danket dem Herren, denn er ist freundlich Psalm 136 SSST-ATTB, 2xinstr à 4 ad lib, bc
12 33 Der Herr ist mein Hirt Psalm 23 SSAT-SATB, bc
13 34 Ich danke dem Herrn Psalm 111 SATB-SATB, 2xinstr à 4 ad lib, bc
14 35 Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied Psalm 98 SATB-SATB, bc
15 36 Jauchzet dem Herren, alle Welt Psalm 100 SATB+bc-SATB+bc
16 37 An den Wassern zu Babel Psalm 137 SATB-SATB, bc
17 38 Alleluja! Lobet den Herren Psalm 150 SATB-SATB, 2xinstr à 4 ad lib, bc
18 39 Lobe den Herren, meine Seele Concert SATB-SATB, bc
19 40 Ist nicht Ephraim mein teurer Sohn Moteto SSTB-ATTB, 2xinstr à 4 ad lib, bc
20 41 Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren Canzon SATB-SATB, instr à 4, instr à 5 ad lib, bc
21 42 Die mit Tränen säen Moteto ST+3trb-ST+3trb, bc
22 43 Nicht uns, Herr Psalm 115 T+3cor-SATB-A+3trb, bc
23 44 Wohl dem, der den Herren fürchtet Psalm 128 T+4cor-A+vl+3trb-SATB, instr à 4 ad lib, bc
24 45 Danket dem Herren, denn er ist freundlich Psalm 136 SSAT-A+3trb, instr à 5 ad lib, tpt, timp, bc
25 46 Zion spricht, der Herr hat mich verlassen Concert ST+3cor,bsn-ST+4trb, 2xinstr à 4 ad lib, bc
26 47 Jauchzet dem Herren, alle Welt Concert AT+2cor,bsn-ST-S+vl+3vla, instr à 5 ad lib, bc