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Insbruck ich muß dich laßen : marimba solo

by Simon Reade (2017)

Insbruck ich muß dich laßen


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Insbruck ich muß dich laßen : for marimba solo / Simon Reade.

Library shelf no. 786.843/REA 2 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

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.

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: Marimba.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Written for: Andrew Castles

First performance: by Andrew Castles at Transcriptions (Conservatorium Recital Hall (Hobart)) on 29 Jun 2017


Insbruck ich muss dich lassen : for marimba solo

Performances of this work

29 Jun 2017: at Transcriptions (Conservatorium Recital Hall (Hobart)). Featuring Andrew Castles.

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