Although he was considered one of the finest organists in Europe, he left very little music for the instrument, and very little music for instruments alone. The majority of his surviving music is for voices alone and in combination with instruments. He left no secular music of consequence.
sackbuts and continuo 'Fili mi Absalon' ( My Son Absalom). The trombone is the modern equivalent of the sackbutt, with the older instrument being of a more delicate construction and a lighter, more flexible tone. It was made in four different sizes; alto, tenor, bass, double-bass and since it was a chromatic instrument it was most often used to double voices in choirs.
Schütz opens the work with the instruments alone, the bass voice comes in with the lament in Latin 'Fili mi, Absalom'. The instruments then play another short interlude, then the bass enters in Latin 'Quis mihi tribuat, ut ego moriar pro te!' The work ends with the bass voice echoing David's sorrowful recognition that what is done is done.