Heinrich Schütz (1585–1672): Anima mea liquefacta est SWV 263

This is the first part of a 2-part motet by Schütz (I’ll post the second – Adjuro vos, filiae Jerusalem SWV 264 tomorrow), based upon the Song of Songs that was first published in 1629 as his Symphoniae sacrae (Book 1, op. 6) in Venice. It’s got a very modern instrumental prelude and Schütz exploits to the full the possibilities for intensifying the effect of an already intense text by assigning it to two voices. enjoy :-).

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Heinrich Schütz (1585–1672): Anima mea liquefacta est SWV 263

Anima mea liquefacta est, ut dilectus locutus est,
Vox enim eius dulcis, et facies eius decora.
Labia eius lilia stillantia myrrham primam.

Song of songs 5:6, 2:14 & 5:13

My soul melted when my beloved spoke;
For his voice is sweet, and his face is lovely.
His lips are lilies dripping liquid myrrh.

Performers:

Weser Renaissance conducted by Manfred Cordes

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