Sebastian Ertel: Missa Super Ecce ego mittam Angelum meum a otto#
Sebastian Ertel (ca 1550/60 Mariazell/Styria - 1618 Garsten/Upper Austria) is the first known composer to have come from Styria. Nothing is known about his youth or his musical training. Ertel only composed music for use in monasteries. His works are all set in a straight-forward, syllabic style without melismatic embellishments. Both Gregorian chant and secular music served as sources for his musical material. His compositions have survived mostly in manuscript form but some are included in several music-prints from Munich/Germany during the years 1611 to 1617.
Ertel's Missa Super Ecce ego mittam Angelum meum was included in his printed book of masses Missarum sex, septem, octo, et decem vocibus ad organum accomodatis (Munich: Henrici 1613). He made use of the basso continuo for the first time in these masses. The illustration shows the title-page of this print. (E. Stadler)