Johannes Schultz (1582 - 1653) was a German composer
born in Lüneburg and in 1605 took a job as organist at
St. John's Church in Dannenberg in the Duchy of
Brunswick-Lüneburg in Lower Saxony. In his early
compositions, Schultz combines old Protestant hymns
with Dutch-Italian motet styles. Other of his works
point to equally eclectic sources in courtly and
bourgeois songs and instrumental forms. In his later
works, he was—like his contemporaries Heinrich Schütz
and Heinrich Albert—working new ground between older
motet styles and newer song forms.
Schultz was supported to some extent by Prince August
von Wolfenbüttel and his wife, but in 1653 he died in
Dannenberg in poverty.
Although originally composed for Chorus, I created this
Interpretation of the "Herzlich tut mich erfreuen (My
faithful heart rejoices) for Flute & Strings (2
Violins, 2 Violas & Cello).