Cappella Sagittariana Dresden

Cappella Sagittariana Dresden

The Dresdner Hofkappelle has been one of Europe’s leading orchestras of the 17th century, at least since Heinrich Schütz became closely associated with the ensemble. Its tradition has lived on to this day; the orchestra is now called the Sächsische Staatskapelle. During the 1970s, some of the orchestra’s musicians became highly interested in the repertoire of the 17th century Hofkapelle, and founded an ensemble which they named “Cappella Sagittariana Dresden”, referencing the late Heinrich Schütz, "father of German music". The ensemble quickly became one of the most important and most innovative musical formations of Eastern Germany. The use of original instruments, as well as the consideration of the historical performance practice, are fundamental to the interpretation of the historic repertoire.

Thanks to numerous concert tours, the ensemble made a name for itself, in Germany as well as abroad. In 2006, a new generation of musicians took over, which led to kind of a re-establishment of the ensemble. Since then, the “Cappella” is not exclusively constituted of musicians from the Staatskapelle anymore, but has been joined by musicians from the Dresden Philharmonic as well as by free-lance singers and instrumentalists, that are specialized in early music. Today, Norbert Schuster, a former member of the Dresden Philharmonic, directs the ensemble. The Hofkapelle’s music of the 17th century, as well as Schütz’ works remain the ensemble’s main focus to this day.