Born in Koestritz, Germany Schuetz travelled to Italy
to study in Venice. After his return he played an
important role in bringing the Italian baroque style
of music to Germany.
His compositions include church music, psalms, motets, passions, a German requiem, and the first German opera, Dafne , produced in Torgau in 1627.
As a German Protestant Schuetz contributed greatly to German cultural unity after the 30-year war.
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