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To me he [Isaac] seems well suited to serve Your Lordship, more so than Josquin, because he is better-natured and more companionable, and he will compose new works more often. It is true that Josquin composes better, but he composes when he wants to, and not when one wants him to, and he is asking for 200 ducats in salary while Isaac will come for 120—but Your Lordship will decide.
Esto mihi is from Heinrich Isaac’s well-known Choralis Constantinus, which the composer wrote in the years following his unsuccessful competition with Josquin. The work draws its text from Psalm 30, ‘In te, Domine, speravi’, the concluding statement of Savonarola’s unfinished second meditation from prison, Tristitia obsedit me.
from notes by Guy James © 2021