Ludwig Senfl - mein Vleis und Müh 1512

Luther - lute

It was in 1518, while accompanying Emperor Maximilian I to his last Reichstag in Augsburg, that Senfl met Martin Luther (below, depicted with a lute), who was there to be examined by Cardinal Cajetan for his anti-Rome teaching. Senfl never openly supported the Reformation, but must have sympathized with it, since he frequently corresponded with Luther and his supporters. In 1530, upon hearing Senfl’s “Ecce quam bonum” that was composed as an exhortation for the church factions to reconcile, Luther asked Senfl for a composition. He received not just one, but two motets.

Ludwig Senfl