Samuel Scheidt

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Synopsis[edit]

Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654) was an important early German Baroque composer. He received his training under Sweelinck, in Amsterdam. He was appointed organist of the Moritzkirche in 1608, and in 1620 he was made organist and choirmaster to the Margrave of Brandenburg, Christian Wilhelm. Scheidt achieved notoriety in his day as a composer of vocal works, but he also made important contributions in organ music. His greatest accomplishment was Tabulatura Nova (new tabulature), a three-volume work published in 1624. In it, Scheidt introduced our modern system of musical notation (staff notation). This quickly replaced tabulature as the standard notation method. The Tabulatura Nova contains: Fantasies, echo compositions, various liturgical pieces, Latin hymns,Magnificats, variations on German chorales, variations on secular songs.[1]. He is known for having combined traditional counterpoint with Italian concerto style.[2]


For additional details, see the Samuel Scheidt Wikipedia article.

List of Organ Works[edit]

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Title Year
Tabulatura Nova 1624
Pars secunda tabulaturae 1624
III. et ultima pars tabulaturae 1624
Tabulatur-Buch hundert geistlicher Lieder und Psalmen 1650

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Samuel Scheidt - Das Orgelwerk, performed by Alexander Koschel [2]

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Notes[edit]

  1. Organ Composers Database [1]
  2. Oxford Music Online, Oxford University Press, 2007-2015, accessed 30 January 2015.
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