During the Thirty Years War, Heinrich Schütz, the 17th Century German composer, wrote in the dedication of Small Sacred Concertos,”….Music has not only gone into a great decline, but in many places has been altogether destroyed by the still continuing course of the war….” . Four Hundred years later, I too, have concerns of the decline of not only music, but poetry, theatre, and any other genre which stands as an homage to the human voice. For practitioners of the vocal arts and professions, the isolation forced by COVID-19 has a grim consequence. However just as within Schütz’s time of challenges, perhaps we may yet reap, with joy, an unexpected treasure.
Trissa DiBenedetto WAlter
Is a singer, voice teacher, speech language pathologist, and certified vocologist