Der Engel sprach zu den Hirten, SWV 395 (Heinrich Schütz)

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  • (Posted 2018-07-26)  CPDL #50680:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-07-26).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 86 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the Spitta edition on IMSLP. Clefs modernised.
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General Information

Title: Der Engel sprach zu den Hirten, SWV 395
Composer: Heinrich Schütz

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: ST
Number of voices: 7vv   Voicings: SSTTTBB or SATTTBB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: German
Instruments: with 2 voices, Mixed ensemble (5 Instruments: e.g. sackbuts, viols, double reed instruments, recorders) and Basso continuo or, with 7 voices, optionally all parts with Instruments colla parte, ad lib. or A cappella

First published: 1648 in Geistliche Chormusik, Op. 11, no. 27
    2nd published: 1889 in Heinrich Schütz: Sämtliche Werke, Volume 8, no. 27
    3rd published: 2006 in Neue Schütz-Ausgabe, Volume 5.2, no. 27
Description: Based on the motet Angelus ad pastores ait by Andrea Gabrieli. All 7 parts have a text underlay but the Altus, Bassus, Quintus, Sextus and Septimus parts are also labelled as instrumental parts.

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

Der Engel sprach zu den Hirten:
Ich verkündige euch große Freude,
denn euch ist heute der Heiland geborn,
welcher ist Christus der Herr
in der Stadt David,
und er heißt Wunderbar,
Rat, Kraft, Held,
ewig Vater, Friedefürst.

English.png English translation

The angel spoke unto the shepherds:
I bring you good tidings of great joy,
for unto you is born this day a Savior,
which is Christ the Lord
in the city of David,
and He shall be called Wonderful,
Counselor, Power, Hero,
Eternal Fater, Prince of Peace.