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Paul Hofhaimer


Born: January 25, 1459; Radstadt   Died: 1537; Salzburg, Austria  
Paul Hofhaimer was easily among the finest organists of his day, some of his contemporaries claiming he had no keyboard rivals. He composed many songs, as well as organ pieces, though most of his output has not survived.

Hofhaimer was born in Radstadt, Austria, in 1459. Little is known of his early years and musical education: he may have studied with the priest/musician Erasmus Lapicida, but sixteenth century Swiss scholar Joachim Vadian
Read more made the claim Hofhaimer was largely self-taught, while scholar-poet Konrad Celtis asserted he learned his keyboard skills at the Court of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick III.

Whatever the origins of his virtuosity, by 1478 his skills on the organ were sufficient to impress the Innsbruck-based Duke Sigmund of Tyrol to award Hofhaimer the post of Court organist for life in 1480. Around this time, too, he developed a reputation as an expert on the construction of organs, and thus often traveled to various European cities to provide supervision and advice on organ-building -- Bolzano, Italy, in 1786-1787; Vitipeno, Italy, in 1790; and later on in Innsbruck and Salzburg.

In 1489 he accepted a position as organist in the prestigious Frankfurt Court of Maximilian I, while retaining his post in Innsbruck. After making numerous other contacts among royalty in Austria and Germany, Hofhaimer, with the blessing of Maximilian, settled in Passau for a time (1502-1506), where he may have served as organist under the Bishop of Passau.

At the behest of Maximilian, Hofhaimer relocated to Augsburg in 1507, where he lived until 1519, the year of Maximilian's death. He briefly returned to Passau (1519-1521) and then settled in Salzburg in 1522. Regarded now by many of his contemporaries as the most celebrated musician in Europe (he was knighted by Maximilian in 1515), he was appointed organist in 1522 at the Salzburg Cathedral.

He remained in this post until his death in 1537. Hofhaimer apparently composed throughout his adult life, focusing more on lieder than on any other genre. His earliest lieder seem to date to around 1500. As suggested earlier, he also produced many works for organ, but these compositions, like his lieder, were mostly lost. The bulk of his surviving organ works appeared first in the 1539 volume, Harmoniae poeticae. Among his liturgical organ compositions only a Recordare and Salve regina are known. Read less
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  • 1.
    Argentum et Aurum - Musical Treasures from the Early Habsburg Renaissance / Lewon
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 573346 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Neidhart von Reuenthal,  Hugo von Montfort,  Monk of Salzburg,  Oswald von Wolkenstein  ... 
    Performer:  Miriam Andersen,  Tobie Miller
    Conductor:  Marc Lewon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Leones
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    The First Printed Organ Music: Arnolt Schlick
    Label: Loft Recordings   Catalog: 1124 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnolt Schlick,  Hans Kotter,  Paul Hofhaimer,  Conrad Paumann  ... 
    Performer:  Kimberly Marshall
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  • 3.
    Vinum Et Musica / Dominique Visse, Capella De La Torre
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72544 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Robert Morton,  Arnold von Bruck,  Salomone Rossi  ... 
    Performer:  Katharina Bauml
    Conductor:  Dominique Visse
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de la Torre
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    Martin Luther, Albrecht Von Brandenburg / Paduch, Johann Rosemuller Ensemble
    Label: Christophorus   Catalog: 1702 Release Date: 03/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nicolas Gombert,  Arnolt Schlick,  Martin Luther,  Ludwig Senfl  ... 
    Performer:  Margit SchultheiB,  Johannes Vogt,  Irena Trupova,  Annegret Kleindopf
    Conductor:  Arno Paduch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Rosenmüller Ensemble
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    Label: Coviello Classics   Catalog: 21105 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pierre Alamire,  Ludwig Senfl,  Benedictus Appenzeller,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Johannes Weiss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  B-Five Recorder Consort
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  • 6.
    Canticum Amantissimi
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: 98907 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Paul Hofhaimer,  Medieval Hunga Anonymous,  Girolamo Frescobaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Bomi Kim,  Helene von Rechenberg
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  • 7.
    Zurich, Arise!
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 7175 Release Date: 08/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Huldrych Zwingli,  Ludwig Senfl,  Paul Hofhaimer  ... 
    Performer:  Geoffrey Webber,  Abigail Boreham,  Lisa [Soprano Vocal] Wilson,  Katie Towers
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  • 8.
    Ich Stuend An Einem Morgen
    Label: Globe   Catalog: 5242 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig Senfl,  Paul Hofhaimer,  Anonymous,  Sixtus Dietrich  ... 
    Performer:  Saskia Coolen,  Marcel Beekman,  Susanna Borsch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brisk Recorder Quartet
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    Neusidler: Ein Newgeordnet Künstlich Lautenbuch - Selections / Bart Roose
    Label: Passacaille   Catalog: 945 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Neusidler,  Josquin Des Préz,  Paul Hofhaimer
    Performer:  Bart Roose
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    Label: Cantate   Catalog: 58043 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Bassano,  Anonymous,  Antonio Valente,  Arnolt Schlick  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Hasselbeck,  Christian Brembeck
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  • 11.
    Von Edler Art - Music For Keyboard And Plucked Instruments From 15th Century German Manuscripts
    Label: Ramee   Catalog: 802 Release Date: 05/27/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Guillaume Dufay,  Paul Hofhaimer,  Anonymous
    Performer:  Michal Gondko
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  • 12.
    The Art Of The Netherlands / Munrow, Early Music Consort
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 64215 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Josquin Des Préz,  Anonymous,  Hayne van Ghizeghem,  Alexander Agricola  ... 
    Performer:  Martyn Hill,  Paul Elliott,  James Bowman,  Andrew van der Beek  ... 
    Conductor:  David Munrow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
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  • 13.
    Ponte In Valtellina - A Renaissance Organ / Zehnder, Et Al
    Label: Motette   Catalog: 13441 Release Date: 11/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Fogliano,  Marco Antonio Cavazzoni,  Girolamo Cavazzoni,  Paul Hofhaimer  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Claude Zehnder
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  • 14.
    Riemenschneider: Music Of His Time
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558145 Release Date: 01/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Jean Mouton,  Heinrich Finck,  Paul Hofhaimer  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernhard Bohm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Curioso,  Hedos Ensemble
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  • 15.
    Music At The Court Of Emperor Maximilian I
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 474233 Release Date: 06/10/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Isaac,  Anonymous,  Paul Hofhaimer,  Costanzo Festa  ... 
    Performer:  Alice Harnoncourt,  Georg Fischer
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Chorus Viennensis
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  • 16.
    The David Munrow Edition - The Art Of The Netherlands
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 61334 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Josquin Des Préz,  Anonymous,  Heinrich Isaac,  Hayne van Ghizeghem  ... 
    Conductor:  David Munrow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
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  • 17.
    Ther Is No Rose - Renaissance Music For Christmas / Virelai
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 45286 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Francisco Guerrero,  Anonymous,  Thomas Ravenscroft  ... 
    Performer:  Sarah Cunningham,  Susanna Pell,  William Lyons,  Jacob Heringman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virelai
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  • 18.
    L'orgues De Valčre Vol Ii / Guy Bovet
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 281 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Neusidler,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Georg Muffat,  Adriano Banchieri  ... 
    Performer:  Guy Bovet
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  • 19.
    Tugend Und Untugend - German Secular Songs... / Berger
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553352 Release Date: 09/19/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hofhaimer,  Georg Rhau,  Ludwig Senfl,  Arnold von Bruck  ... 
    Conductor:  Sven Berger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Convivium Musicum,  Ensemble Villanella
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