Angst der Hellen und Friede der Seelen

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Angst der Hellen und Friede der Seelen ("Fear of Hell and Peace of the Soul") is a collection of sixteen settings of Psalm 116 in German, "Das ist mir lieb" (Psalms 116), commissioned by the Jena merchant Burckhard Grossmann in 1616 and eventually published in 1623.[1] The composers are Heinrich Schütz, then in alphabetical order Michael Altenburg, Christoph Demantius, Nicolaus Erich, Andreas Finold, Melchior Franck, Abraham Gensreff, Johannes Groh, Johann Krause, Christian Michael, Daniel Michael, Rogier Michael, Tobias Michael, Michael Praetorius, Johann Hermann Schein and Caspar Trost.[2] The settings range in complexity from that of Schütz, for 7 voices, down to settings for 3 or 2 voices. The setting of Schütz (SWV51) has been recorded several times, the whole collection was recorded by the Alsfelder Vocal Ensemble and Musica Fiata Köln under Wolfgang Helbich in August 1994.


  1. ^ Editing music in early modern Germany - Page 33 Susan Lewis Hammond - 2007 "Burckhard Grossmann crafted an extended preface to his motet anthology Angst der Hellen undFriede derSeelen (Jena, 1623) that firmly established a scriptural authority for music.78 "
  2. ^ Gramophone: Volume 74, Issues 880-883 1996 The collection of 16 settings was eventually published in five volumes in 1623 under the title Angst der Hellen und Friede der Seelen ("Fear of Hell and Peace of the Soul"). "