Performing death

Published: 2nd April 2021

This podcast looks at Heinrich Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien, funeral music written for Heinrich ‘Posthumous’ of Reuss. Rory McCleery is joined by Dr Lesel Dawson (Bristol University/Good Grief Festival) to discuss 17th-century ideas about death and mourning, and what psychological as well as spiritual benefit there might be to planning your own funeral.

The Orbis sensualium pictus can be seen here.

This episode accompanies Schütz 1: Vale of tears, which you can watch here.


Dr Lesel Dawson is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Bristol, specialising in grief, Renaissance literature and the history of the emotions. She’s leading a research project on Creative Grieving and writing a book that explores how art and the imagination can enable the bereaved to express and process their loss.


Produced by James Hardie

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