Johann Schein: An Analysis of Rhetoric and Word Painting in the Diletti Pastorali Collection
AuthorDunsavage, Angelica Marie
AdvisorSchauer, Elizabeth R.
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AbstractThe focus of this document is the use of rhetoric and word painting in the German madrigals of Johann Hermann Schein (1586-1630), particularly those in his Diletti pastorali Hirtenlust collection of 1624. As both the poet and composer of this collection, Schein displays a synthesis of Italianate and Germanic styles. Schein’s texts feature pastoral and mythological characters common in the works of Torquato Tasso (1544-1595), Giovanni Battista Guarini (1538-1612), and Francesco Petrarch (1304-1374). Like Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) and Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672), Schein combines mannerist word painting and rhetoric in these works. These Italianate features are especially interesting considering Schein’s lifelong residence in Germany. As a Leipzig church musician and predecessor to J.S. Bach, Schein is often recognized for his sacred compositions. His secular works, however, remain under-researched and under- performed in comparison. Schein’s madrigals provide a glimpse of popular musical trends in 1620s Leipzig and demonstrate the Italian madrigal’s popularity in Germany during Schein’s lifetime.
Degree ProgramGraduate College