Heinrich Isaac The Composer

by Jacqui Gawlowicz

Isaac's Biography

  • Not much is known about his early life
  • He was born around the 1450's in either Flanders or Brabant, Belgium
  • Spent most of his time in Florence, Italy
  • Trained in the Low Countries until 1484
  • His patrons were the Medici household
  • He created many Italian and German musical pieces
  • He traveled around Germany for most of his life
  • A couple of his pieces are Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen, and A La Battaglia

The Lyrics of "Innbruck, I Must Leave You"

Heinrich Isaac - Innsbruck, Ich muss dich lassen
We dont know when this piece was created, but we do know that it was written about Innsbruck, Tyrol. What is so significant about this piece is he loves this town so much that he composed a song about it. Why I find this piece interesting is because he wrote it in German and how it was about a town.


Heinrich's piece of work exemplifies Individualism because he is describing how the town, Innsbruck, and how much it means to him. He is also saying that he will miss it when he leaves until he comes back to the small town once again.

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