Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) was a German composer widely regarded as one of the most important figures in the development of Baroque music. Here are 10 facts about this influential composer: Early Life and Education: Heinrich Schütz was born on October 8, 1585, in Köstritz, Electorate of Saxony (now in Germany). He came from a family of town musicians, which influenced his early exposure to music.