Issach, Heinrich: “La Mora”

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 VIII 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 instrument’s fair neck.

“la Mora” By Heinrich Isaac

The composer’s Wikipedia page Heinrich Isaac


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10 Responses to Issach, Heinrich: “La Mora”

  1. richibi says:

    gorgeous – by the way, Kurt, 66, June 22, 1949


  2. Wonderful music!
    all best,

    Liked by 1 person

    • kurtnemes says:

      Hi Luis. Thank you for commenting on this piece. I see you like early music. Are you familiar with the Binkeley interpretations of the songs from the Camino de Santiago written by Alfonso X? Sublime. I see that you’re Portugal? I have a friend who’s a contralto, english teacher and a travel writer who just moved to Lisbon. She’s trying to get settled. Would you be able to contact her and give any tips. I’m sure you’d have a lot to talk about, too. Her name is Ellen Rabiner and her email is and here’s her singing bio: . Thanks and all the best.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. kvennarad says:

    Great music.

    I think you mean Henry VIII.


  4. dray0308 says:

    Reblogged this on Dream Big, Dream Often and commented:
    This is Kurt Nemes’ Classical Music Almanac!!


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