Johann Hermann Schein: "Alleluja! Ich danke dem Herrn"
Schütz' great colleague Johann Hermann Schein published a set of multi-chorus
Psalm settings 4 years before Schütz' great Psalmen Davids 1619. Many
of the same Psalms are set and the comparison is interesting. Schütz'
setting of Psalm 111 is one of his most "modern" pieces and
includes a long quote from one of his teacher's compositions, Gabrieli's
madrigal Lieto Godea. The Schein setting is also for eight voices but
the voices are not divided into two choruses like the Schütz. The Schein
piece is more like a Renaissance motet, but is marvelously euphonious
and has that composer's usual finish and sheen.