Advent Concert in Grassi Museum for Musical Instruments: Heinrich Schütz, Weihnachtshistorie

“To this day the work brings joy to young and old, wherever it is performed – and that is (thankfully!) ever more the case!” (Quote from Hans Joachim Moser in the epliogue to the Weihnachtshistorie musical score published by Friedrich Schöneich)1

On Friday December 7th the members of the Capella Fidicinia Leipzig will perform Heinrich Schütz’s 1660 work “Historia der freuden- und gnadenreichen Geburt Gottes und Marien Sohnes Jesu Christi” – the Weihnachtshistorie – in the Zimeliensaal of the Grassi Museum for Musical Instruments And it is to be expected that Hans Joachim Moser’s words will once again ring true.

Based on the story of the birth and early years of Jesus as portrayed in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew, the Weihnachtshistorie is a 10 movement work featuring a delicate interplay of choral and musical elements, and forms part of the central repertoire of the Capella Fidicinia Leipzig.

Established in 1957 by the Uni Leipzig Music Professor Hans Grüß the Capella Fidicinia Leipzig not only perform 16th -18th century music, but play instruments either from that period or reconstructed according to period plans and construction techniques thus allowing a sound as close to the original as is possible.

Heinrich Schütz, Weihnachtshistorie performed by Capella Fidicinia Leipzig.

07.12.2012 in the Grassi Museum for Musical Instruments, Zimeliensaal at 8pm. Tickets Euro 14,00/Concessions Euro 10,00

1 http://heinrich-schuetz-haus.de/swv/daten/daten_swv_435.htm.



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