Ludwig Senfl

Missa Paschalis und Motetten


De profundis; Gaude Dei Genitrix; Ave Maria; Virga Jesse floruit; Quinque Salutationes Domini Nostri Jesu Christi; Missa Paschalis; Popule Meus


Ludwig Senfl was born in 1486, probably in Basle, and grew up in Zurich. He was only ten years old when he became a choirboy at the court chapel of Emperor Maximilian I. His works are well-documented, were already printed during his lifetime, and provide sufficient proof of the quality of his musical talent and of his exceptional, even unique position as court composer. In 1515, Senfl's being assigned the responsabilities of court composer, as Heinrich Isaac's successor at the imperial orchestra. With songs like Ach Elslein, liebes Elslein ('Elslein, dear Elslein'), Senfl opened up a new chapter in the history of this genre, and his name is even today associated most often with them. However, at the centre of his activities as a court composer stood religious Latin works, especially motets for several voices on Proper texts (i.e. liturgical texts that change according to the church year). This recording offers a selection of Senfl's many religious works in Latin. Apart from one mass and motets based on psalms and Proper texts, there is one semi-liturgical text in the case of Quinque salutationes.


Ludwig Senfl (1486-1543)


Coro della Radio Svizzera, Diego Fasolis, Leitung

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