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Wolff, Martin

Stephen Keyl

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(d before March 6, 1502). German composer. A cleric by this name held a benefice controlled by the Elector Palatine from about 1490 until 6 March 1502, when it was given to another, since Wolff had died. This circumstance, together with the transmission of Wolff's works in publications edited by Georg Forster, who had studied and gathered music in Heidelberg, led Pietzsch to conclude that Wolff belonged to the Palatine court in Heidelberg. Most of Wolff's 11 songs (all in RISM 1539 27, ed. in EDM, 1st ser., xx, 1942/R four pubd earlier in 1513²/R) combine imitation with a tenor cantus firmus; his most famous song, however, So wünsch ich ihr ein gute Nacht, sometimes attributed to Thomas Stoltzer, uses no imitation. The songs are outstanding for their tunefulness and independence of accompanying voices. Wolff's single surviving motet, Conserva me Domine (in 1538...

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