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Isaac Posch «diditus Eois Hesperiisque plagis – Praised in the lands of Dawn and Sunset»

Metoda Kokole

Isaac Posch (c. 1591-1622/23), «praised in the lands of Dawn and Sunset», was an intriguing early seventeenth-century composer, one of those still little-researched Kleinmeister who forged the musical culture now considered as a European heritage. Between 1618 and 1623 Posch committed to print in Regensburg and Nuremberg three musical collections: two of instrumental dance music and one with small-scale Latin concertato motets. The dances of his print entitled Musicalische Ehrenfreudt were intended for actual dancing, a practical aspect that the book also considers. Taken as a whole, Posch’s music constitutes a most interesting instance of the merging of elements taken from various European styles: German, Italian and even English. This monograph is a revised and enlarged English version of the Slovenian original, first published in 1999 and based on the author’s award-winning dissertation at the University of Ljubljana.
Contents: Isaac Posch (c. 1591-1622/23) – Reconstruction of the composer’s life – Early seventeenth-century instrumental and sacred vocal music – Dance music of his collection Musicalische Ehrenfreudt (1618)Ensemble instrumental music of his collection Musicalische Tafelfreudt (1621) – Italianate small-scale Latin concertato motets of Harmonia concertans (1623).