JOHANN HERMANN SCHEIN (1586 - 1630)
In 1616 the German composer and poet Johann Hermann Schein was appointed Thomaskantor in Leipzig, a position later held by Bach. His importance as a composer lies in the use he made of Italian monody and concerted style in Lutheran church music.
Schein, primarily a vocal composer, wrote extensively for the church.
Secular Vocal Music
Schein wrote a number of madrigals and music suitable for either instruments or voices, again demonstrating Italian influence.
Schein's compositions also include some twenty Suites for instrumental ensemble.