Johann Hermann Schein (arr. Snell)
Schein was an early BAROQUE composer who wrote much sacred and secular music. His only collection of instrumental music is his famous Banchetto musicale (Musical banquet) written in 1617. The music was most likely used as dinner music for the grand palaces at Weissenfels and Weimar.
Each suite contains a sequence of dance pieces. One of these contains this elegant Allemande. It is typical of Schein’s music being quite lively and florid as he adopts some of the styles from the Italian Baroque.
This was originally written for the Harpsichord. Click PLAY to hear what it may have sounded like: