Early Modern Period#
Costanzo Festa: Quis dabit oculis#
The funeral motet Quis dabit oculis on the death of Emperor Maximilian I
was not a new composition Ludwig Senfls.
Senfl adapted an older work by the Italian composer Costanzo Festa
(ca 1490 - 1545). This may have been the result of Maximilian's sudden
death but was more likely caused by the musical situation at the
court. For financial reasons but also because Maximilian moved his
residence often (the court chapel was expected to always accompany the
ruler) the number and quality of the musicians that were available at a
given time was not always stable, like for example at the Burgundian
The illustrations show
a) a portrait of the dead Maximilian I (1459 Wiener Neustadt/Lower Austria - 1519 Wels/Upper Austria) and
b) a printed report by Joerg Pleyer on his death. (E. Stadler))
© Sound: Musicontact GmbH, Heuauerweg 21, 69124 Heidelberg, CD.-Nr. CHE 0058-2. Foto a: Alte Galerie des Steiermärkischen Landesmuseums Joanneum, Graz; b: Universitätsbibliothek Salzburg, Sondersammlungen, Sign. 549 III.