Insbruck ich muß dich laßen : marimba solo
by Simon Reade (2017)
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Library shelf no. 786.843/REA 2 [Available for loan]
"Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen" ("Innsbruck, I Must Leave You") is a Renaissance song by the Franco-Flemish composer Heinrich Isaac (1450-1517); the melody was probably written by him. The lyricist is unknown; an authorship of Emperor Maximilian I, as was previously assumed, seems highly unlikely. The song is famously associated with the city of Innsbruck in Tyrol (in modern-day Austria). The lyrics express sorrow at having to leave a post at court, as the singer is forced to abandon his love and to depart to a foreign country. He promises her faithfulness and recommends her to God's protection.
I composed this setting originally for solo 'cello, reworking it for the wonderful Marimba playing of Andrew Castles in March 2017.
Duration: 4 min.
Written for: Andrew Castles
Insbruck ich muss dich lassen : for marimba solo
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