In 1564 Utendal became alto of the court chapel of Archduke Ferdinand II of Tyrol, another member of the royal Habsburg family. After Ferdinand was made Archduke of Further Austria in 1564 after his father's death, he moved his court from Prague (he was the governor of Bohemia) to Innsbruck. Utendal followed his master to the Innsbruck court chapel to gain the position of vice chapel master in 1572 (as successor of Jacob Regnart), he was also in charge of the education of the choir boys. Till his death in 1581, Utendal worked for Ferdinand II in Innsbruck.
Many of his works are in honour of his master. He even refused the position of chapel master at the court of Dresden in 1580. Due to his position as vice chapel master he mostly composed sacral works. Although there are also two books known with French and German non-sacral songs. In his work the alto (high voice) is almost always the dominant one, maybe because he was an alto himself.
He also used the madrigal fashion in his compositions, which is typical for the late or High Renaissance. All the original sacral compositions of Utendal still exist and they are reserved in many archives and libraries spread over the European continent. His works were publicised in Nürnberg, in this time the most important centre of the German music press. Utendal made 84 motets.
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