Born in Köstritz, near Gera, on 8 October, the son of innkeeper Christoph Schütz and Euphrosine Schütz, née Bieger.
Moves to Weissenfels. Christoph Schütz takes over the “Golden Ring” inn from his father Albrecht Schütz. Young Heinrich’s musical education is probably provided by the town cantor Georg Weber and the organist Heinrich Colander.
Landgrave Moritz of Hesse-Kassel spends a night at the “Golden Ring” and offers to have Heinrich educated. That summer, Schütz becomes a choirboy at the Landgrave’s court. Schooling at the Collegium Mauritianum in Kassel.
Studies law at the University of Marburg.
First visit to Italy, stays in Venice; studies composition and the organ with Giovanni Gabrieli.
The Italian Madrigals (op. 1) appear in Venice.
Second court organist in Kassel
First appointment in Dresden (as an organist)
Organist and musical director at the Dresden court.
In Weissenfels, Schütz’s father Christoph takes on a different inn, the “Golden Ass” on Nikolaistrasse, and renames it to match his own name – “Zum Schützen”, or “The Archer”.
Court kapellmeister in Dresden
Thirty Years’ War begins.
Marries Magdalena Wildeck.
Psalmen Davids (op. 2)
Birth of daughter Anna Justina.
Travels to Breslau (today Wrocław) with the Elector; music for the tribute of the Silesian estates
Birth of daughter Euphrosine.
Historia der Auferstehung Jesus Christi (op. 3)
Magdalena Schütz dies aged 24.
Cantiones Sacrae (op. 4)
Pastoral tragicomedy Dafne performed in Torgau.
“Da pacem Domine” (for the meeting of the seven electors in Mühlhausen)
Becker Psalter (op. 5)
Becker Psalter (op. 5)
Second visit to Italy (Venice)
Symphoniae Sacrae I (op. 6).
Buys house in Dresden.
Death of father Christoph Schütz.
Mourning motet for Johann Hermann Schein
First visit to Denmark. Celebratory music for the Copenhagen wedding of the Danish Crown Prince Christian and Princess Magdalena Sibylle of Saxony. Appointed kapellmeister to the Danish royal court.
Death of mother Euphrosine Schütz
Musikalische Exequien (op. 7).
Kleine geistliche Konzerte I (op. 8)
Orpheus and Euridice (ballet opera).
Death of daughter Anna Justina
Kleine geistliche Konzerte II (op. 9)
Second visit to Denmark for the double wedding of the Danish king’s twin daughters. Before and after, journeys to Hamburg and other northern German courts
Symphoniae Sacrae II (op. 10)
End of the Thirty Years’ War
Geistliche Chormusik (op. 11)
Symphoniae Sacrae III (op. 12)
Buys house on “Niclas Alley” (today Nikolaistrasse 13) in Weissenfels for his retirement
Endows 100 guilders for the residents of the Weissenfels almshouses
Death of daughter Euphrosine
Death of the Saxon Elector Johann Georg I. “Retirement” in Weissenfels, with continued obligation to serve in Dresden up to his death
Sells house in Dresden. Moves to Weissenfels; shares a home there with his widowed sister Justina Thörmer. Zwölf geistliche Gesänge (op. 13)
Sieben Worte Jesu Christi am Kreuz
Organises court music in Zeitz
Schwanengesang (opus ultimum) (Psalm 119, Psalm 100, German Magnificat)
In January moves to Dresden. Sister Justina dies in Weissenfels on 17 May. Schütz dies in Dresden on 6 November.