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The Heavens are Telling
Three spiritual madrigals for choir (SSATB) with optional continuo

from I. When I Gaze at the Heavens

One of Bach’s most gifted predecessors at St. Thomas’ Church in Leipzig, Johann Hermann Schein (1586-1630), was a master at blending the liturgical and secular musical styles of his time. In his Israelis Brünnlein Johann Hermann Schein combines the polyphonic style of sixteenth-century church music with the art of the Italian madrigal.
The music is not meant for the liturgy, but belongs to the genre of the sacred or spiritual madrigal. Most of its texts are derived from the Old Testament, especially the Book of Psalms, and the Revelation of St John the Divine.

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