A Hexachordal and Rhetorical Analysis of Heinrich Schütz's 'Sieben Worte Jesu Christi Am Kreuz' (SWV 478)
AuthorWininger, Thomas Dwight
AdvisorChamberlain, Bruce B.
Brobeck, John T.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractHeinrich Schütz (1585–1672) is considered a transitional figure between the Renaissance and Baroque. Because of this, his music is pluralistic and incorporates elements from both epochs. This paper focuses on two of these elements: his use of musico-rhetorical figures and his hexachordal harmonic approach in his work 'Die Sieben Worte Jesu Christi Am Kreuz,' SWV 478. Musico-rhetorical devices were widely in use in southern Germany and northern Italy during Schütz’s lifetime. The purpose of these devices was to persuade the listener through musical gestures tied to ancient oratory. These gestures are enhanced through harmonic language — in this instance the hexachord system. When combined, these two distinct types of analysis yield a more comprehensive understanding of his dramatic setting of the Seven Last Words of Christ. This comprehensive reading is beneficial for performers who wish to present a dramatic performance of the composition.
Degree ProgramGraduate College