Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen (Heinrich Isaac)

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Edition notes: This edition sets all three verses in ABA form using the Diskantlied for verses 1 and 3 and the canonic setting for verse 2. It is based on a transcription by musicologist Paul Maynard, in the tessitura supplied by him with octave transposition of the diskant line at measures 38 to 40.
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Edition notes: Diskantlied version with 3 modernized verses and useful list of urls with facsimiles.
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Edition notes: Diskantlied setting in mensural notation, original key and note values, original key, original text spelling after Forster's collection. 3 verses underlaid.
Last revised: 2012-10-10
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Edition notes: Transcribed from "Ein außbund schöner Teutscher Liedlein zu singen..." with 3 modernized German verses. Modern clefs. Note values haved.
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Editor: Rafael Ornes (submitted 1999-01-20).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 44 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: revised 7/7/00. Diskant setting; 3 verses underlaid in modern German

General Information

Title: Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen
Composer: Heinrich Isaac

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: German
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1539 in Teutsche Liedlein (Georg Forster), Volume 1, no. 36
    2nd published: 1560 in Ein außbund schöner Teutscher Liedlein zu singen und auff allerley instrument zugebrauchen sonderling außerlesen, Nürnberg
    3rd published: 1909 in Gute Geister (König, Küffner, Nüzel), no. 74
    4th published: 1912 in Polyhymnia (Bösche, Linnarz, Reinbrecht), no. 86
    5th published: 1915 in Volksliederbuch für gemischten Chor, no. 218
    6th published: 1923 in Chorbuch des „Sängerhain“ 1923- (Ernst Dahlke), p. 23
Description: Isaac wrote two settings, one with the tune in the descant voice and another with the tenor closely imitated by altus. The tune has been adopted for many other texts; see also:

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

Original spelling:
Isbruck ich muß dich lassen
ich far dahin mein strassen
in frembde landt dahin
mein freud ist mir genomen
die ich nit weiß bekommen
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 von dann muß 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!


Modernized spelling:
Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen,
ich fahr dahin mein Strassen
im fremde Land da hin.
Mein Freud ist mir genommen,
die ich nit weiß bekommen,
wo ich im Elend bin.

Groß Leid muss ich jetzt tragen,
das ich allein tu klagen
dem liebsten Buhlen mein
Ach Lieb, nun lass mich Armen
im Herzen dein Erbarmen
daß ich muss von dannen sein.

Mein Trost ob allen Weiben,
Dein tu ich ewig bleiben
stets treu, der Ehren fromm.
nun muss dich Gott bewahren,
in aller Tugend sparen,
bis daß ich wieder komm!

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(Translation published on the Web
by the New World Renaissance Band)

Innsbruck, I must leave you
For I am traveling the road
to a foreign land.
(There,) deprived of my joy
and knowing not how to get it back,
I will be in misery.

I am burdened with great sorrow
which I can shed only
through the one dearest to me.
O my love, leave me not bereft
of compassion in your heart
that I must part from you.

My comfort above all other women,
I remain yours forever,
always faithful, in true honor.
And now, may God protect you,
safe in virtue,
till I return.