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Innsbruck, Ich Muss Dich Lassen - Heinrich Isaak

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Here is a lovely, hymn-like (but secular) song by Heinrich Isaak played on recorders.

Isaak wrote this song in two versions: a "Tenorlied" and a "Diskantlied." The Tenorlied contains the melody in the tenor part as was typical for German songs of this period. However, the Diskantlied follows the slightly more modern (and more universal) practice of placing the melody in the soprano line.

Isaak's Diskantlied of this song is, for the most part homophonic and simple, but very stately and beautiful. Played on AATB recorders.

The Tenorlied version is polyphonic and more introspective and complex. The rhythm of the melody is also slightly altered. The two inner parts play in almost exactly the same range and imitate each other most of the way through the song, with the outer parts providing harmonic reinforcement. Played on ATBB recorders.

The song has three verses, so I chose to start out with the Diskantlied for first verse to give you a good sense of the melody, use the Tenorlied for the second verse, and then come back to the Diskantlied for the final iteration.

[Artwork is "View of Innsbruck" by Albrecht Durer]
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Isbruck ich muß dich lassen
ich far dohin mein strassen
in fremde landt do hin
mein freud ist mir genomen
die ich nit weiß bekummen
wo ich im elend bin.

Groß leid muß ich yetz tragen
das ich allein thu klagen
dem liebsten bulen mein,
ach lieb nun laß mich Armen
im hertzen dein erbarmen
das ich muß von dannen sein!

Meyn trost ob allen weyben
dein thu ich ewig pleyben
stet trew der eren frumm
nun muß dich Gott bewaren
in aller thugent sparen
biß das ich wider kumm!
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Henke said 3203 days ago (October 8th, 2010)
I was just listening to some other piece with recorders thinking it would be nice to take that up again, maybe a tenor "version", and here you are wetting my appetite. It's really nice actually, well played :-)

Thanks for sharing!

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Henke said 3203 days ago (October 8th, 2010)
I might add I played in a Renaissance ensamble as a kid, for a short time on the recorder but then on the "trombone" of the time (don't know what its called in English...) /H
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LonePineMusic said 3203 days ago (October 8th, 2010)
...for your comment! By the way, the Renaissance trombone was called a sackbut.
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Sir Bass said 3203 days ago (October 8th, 2010)
Vibe i like i like.
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falcef said 3182 days ago (October 29th, 2010)
Ich Muss Dich Lassen
Hello from Italy. Music sounds pretty much ceremony well chosen and mixed so good. good going. greetings and best wishes for health and for music ciao da falcef.
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LonePineMusic said 3178 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
Thank You!
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kristyjo said 3033 days ago (March 26th, 2011)
I had to listen to this song
I was in an early music consort in college way back before the turn of this century, and remember performing this song, both as the singer and as a tenor recorder player. Your version is wonderful, and I like how you explained the variations of the melody in the tenor and 'descant' . I not only got to listen to lovely music, but I learned something, too!
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