A to Z: I is for Heinrich Isaac

A2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0 This is day 9 of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge in which I attempt to blog every day (excepting Sundays) throughout the month of April. For this challenge, I am curating a collection of “classical” music pieces, which are lesser known or by lesser known composers (to me at least).

Today’s composer is Heinrich Isaac (c. 1450/1455–1517).


A contemporary of Josquin des Pres and Orlando de Lassus, Issac, though I’ve never heard of him until today, was a Flemish composer of international renown. He was a favorite in the court of Lorenzo de Medici in Florence, court composer of Emperor Maximilian I in Vienna and Innsbruck, and performed for Pope Leo X and even for Henry III of England. The Germans claim his as one of his own and he was incredibly prolific writing motets, masses, liturgical music and songs in Italian and French.


I kind of like this piece for solo lute, especially this performance as it provides a close up of a master’s fingers playing upon the instruments fair neck.

“la Mora” By Heinrich Isaac

The composer’s Wikipedia page Heinrich Isaac

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3 Responses to A to Z: I is for Heinrich Isaac

  1. kvennarad says:

    Lovely piece. Just wondering whether you mean Vienna rather than Venice.

    Like

  2. stephen tremp says:

    Nice way for me to wake up and drink my coffee. Thanks for posting!

    Stephen Tremp
    an A-Z Cohost
    @StephenTremp on Twitter

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