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Ach Elslein

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It’s practically impossible to resist a song dedicated to ‘dearest little Elsie of my heart’! If the lyrics of Ludwig Senfl’s Ach Elslein, liebes Elselein mein fail to hit the spot, then his plangent music almost certainly will. Martin Luther considered the Basel-born composer as being ‘gifted and graced by God with the art of music’, a view of Senfl apparently shared by such illustrious employers as Emperor Maximilian I and Duke William IV of Bavaria. Ach Elslein was one of 121 new songs by ‘famous’ composers published in Nuremburg in 1534 by Hans Ott under imperial privilege.

from notes by Andrew Stewart © 2009


Romance du Soir
SIGCD147Download only


Track 10 on SIGCD147 [2'56] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD147 track 10

Recording date
16 October 2008
Recording venue
St Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch
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  1. Romance du Soir (SIGCD147)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: March 2009
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