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Lassus, Orlande de (1530/32-1594)  

Orlande de Lassus

born: 1530/32
died: 14 June 1594
country: France

With an extant legacy of approximately sixty Mass settings, one hundred Magnificats, and an astonishing five hundred motets as well as several hundred secular works, Orlande de Lassus is by some distance the most prolific composer of the Renaissance. He was also the most celebrated, known in his time as princeps musicorum and ‘le divin Orlande’. The sheer bulk of his output has perhaps obscured Lassus’s significance in modern times, since even among specialists in sixteenth-century music, few can claim familiarity with all his works. Furthermore, the celebrity of his great contemporary Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, maintained partly through the ubiquitous study of ‘Palestrinian counterpoint’ and partly through the preservation of the myth of the ‘Mass that saved polyphony’, has tended to overshadow Lassus’s fame, which was arguably greater in the sixteenth century than that of Palestrina. The recent publication of Lassus’s complete motets in modern clefs (Madison, WI: A-R Editions, 1995–2006, 21 volumes) will perhaps improve the visibility of this genre at least.

Born in Mons, Hainaut, in either 1530 or 1532, Lassus spent his early years as a chorister in the service of a member of the Gonzaga family in Mantua, Sicily and Milan. By 1549 he had moved to Naples, and began composing around this time. After another move, to Rome in 1551, he joined the household of the Archbishop of Florence, Antonio Altoviti, but in 1553 was appointed maestro di cappella at St John Lateran, the ‘city cathedral’ of Rome. Music prints under his name began to appear in 1555 during a protracted sojourn in Northern Europe.

The peregrinations of Lassus’s early career were to end permanently in 1556, when he accepted a position at the court of Duke Albrecht V of Bavaria, in Munich. Albrecht was succeeded by his son Wilhelm in 1579, but despite a considerable reduction in chapel resources during these transitional years, Lassus remained at the court, by now as chapelmaster, until his death on 14 June 1594. He was succeeded in turn by his two sons Ferdinand and Rudolph, who also published in 1604 a (nearly) complete edition of their father’s works, entitled Magnum opus musicum.

from notes by Stephen Rice © 2011

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Alphabetical listing of all musical works
A quanti, già felici in giovanezza  No 17 of Lagrime di San Pietro (Lassus)
Absolve Domine, animas omnium fidelium  First line to Tractus, Movement 4 of Missa pro defunctis 'Requiem' (Lassus)
Alma redemptoris mater (Lassus)
Ave regina caelorum (Lassus)
Bon jour mon cueur (Lassus/Philips)
Carmina chromatico quae audis modulata tenore  First line to Prologue, No 1a of Prophetiae Sibyllarum (Lassus)
Cerno Dei natum, qui se demisit ab alto  First line to Sibylla Erythraea, No 11 of Prophetiae Sibyllarum (Lassus)
Chi ad una ad una raccontár potesse  No 9 of Lagrime di San Pietro (Lassus)
Come falda di neve  No 10 of Lagrime di San Pietro (Lassus)
Così talhor  No 6 of Lagrime di San Pietro (Lassus)
Deficiat in dolore vita mea (Lassus)
Dies irae, dies illa  First line to Sequentia, Movement 5 of Missa pro defunctis 'Requiem' (Lassus)
Domine Jesu Christe, rex gloriae  First line to Offertorium, Movement 6 of Missa pro defunctis 'Requiem' (Lassus)
Dum meditor quondam vidi decorare puellam  First line to Sibylla Hellespontica, No 7 of Prophetiae Sibyllarum (Lassus)
È non fu il pianto suo rivo  No 11 of Lagrime di San Pietro (Lassus)
E vago d'incontrár chi giusta pena  No 14 of Lagrime di San Pietro (Lassus)
Ecce dies nigras quae tollet laeta tenebras  First line to Sibylla Samia, No 5 of Prophetiae Sibyllarum (Lassus)
Ecce dies venient, quo aeternus tempore princeps  First line to Sibylla Libyca, No 2 of Prophetiae Sibyllarum (Lassus)
Giovane donna il suo bel volto in specchio  No 5 of Lagrime di San Pietro (Lassus)
Hodie completi sunt (Lassus)
Iam mea certa manent, et vera, novissima verba  First line to Sibylla Cumana, No 6 of Prophetiae Sibyllarum (Lassus)
Il magnanimo Pietro  No 1 of Lagrime di San Pietro (Lassus)
In teneris annis facie praesignis, honore  First line to Sibylla Cimmeria, No 4 of Prophetiae Sibyllarum (Lassus)
Ipsa Deum vidi summum punire volentem  First line to Sibylla Phrygia, No 8 of Prophetiae Sibyllarum (Lassus)
Iustorum animae (Lassus)
Lagrime di San Pietro (Lassus)
Laudate Psalms (Lassus)
Lux aeterna luceat eis, Domine  First line to Communio, Movement 9 of Missa pro defunctis 'Requiem' (Lassus)
Ma gli archi  No 2 of Lagrime di San Pietro (Lassus)
Magnificat Quant'in mille anni il ciel (Lassus)
Missa Amor ecco colei (Lassus)
Missa Bell' Amfitrit' altera (Lassus)
Missa Osculetur me (Lassus)
Missa pro defunctis 'Requiem' (Lassus)
Negando il mio Signór  No 20 of Lagrime di San Pietro (Lassus)
Nessún fedél trovai, nessún cortese  No 8 of Lagrime di San Pietro (Lassus)
Non tarde veniet, tacita sed mente tenendum  First line to Sibylla Delphica, No 3 of Prophetiae Sibyllarum (Lassus)
Non trovava mia fé si duro intoppo  No 18 of Lagrime di San Pietro (Lassus)
O vita troppo rea  No 16 of Lagrime di San Pietro (Lassus)
Ogni occhio del Signór lingua veloce  No 7 of Lagrime di San Pietro (Lassus)
Omnes de Saba (Lassus)
Osculetur me (Lassus)
Pacis amans (Lassus)
Passagi on Lassus's Susanna un jour (Rognoni Taeggio/Lassus)
Pavan on Susanna un jour (Lupo/Lassus)
Penitential Psalm No 1 (Lassus)
Penitential Psalm No 2 (Lassus)
Penitential Psalm No 3 (Lassus)
Penitential Psalm No 4 (Lassus)
Penitential Psalm No 5 (Lassus)
Penitential Psalm No 6 (Lassus)
Penitential Psalm No 7 (Lassus)
Prologue  No 1a of Prophetiae Sibyllarum (Lassus)
Prophetiae Sibyllarum (Lassus)
Qual a l'incontro di quegli occhi santi  No 4 of Lagrime di San Pietro (Lassus)
Quel volto, ch'era poco inanzi stato  No 12 of Lagrime di San Pietro (Lassus)
Queste opre e più  No 19 of Lagrime di San Pietro (Lassus)
Regina caeli (Lassus)
Salve regina (Lassus)
Sibylla Agrippa  No 12 of Prophetiae Sibyllarum (Lassus)
Sibylla Cimmeria  No 4 of Prophetiae Sibyllarum (Lassus)
Sibylla Cumana  No 6 of Prophetiae Sibyllarum (Lassus)
Sibylla Delphica  No 3 of Prophetiae Sibyllarum (Lassus)
Sibylla Erythraea  No 11 of Prophetiae Sibyllarum (Lassus)
Sibylla Europaea  No 9 of Prophetiae Sibyllarum (Lassus)
Sibylla Hellespontica  No 7 of Prophetiae Sibyllarum (Lassus)
Sibylla Libyca  No 2 of Prophetiae Sibyllarum (Lassus)
Sibylla Persica  No 1b of Prophetiae Sibyllarum (Lassus)
Sibylla Phrygia  No 8 of Prophetiae Sibyllarum (Lassus)
Sibylla Samia  No 5 of Prophetiae Sibyllarum (Lassus)
Sibylla Tiburtina  No 10 of Prophetiae Sibyllarum (Lassus)
Summus erit sub carne satus, carissimus atque  First line to Sibylla Agrippa, No 12 of Prophetiae Sibyllarum (Lassus)
Timor et tremor (Lassus)
Tre volte haveva a l'importuna  No 3 of Lagrime di San Pietro (Lassus)
Tristis est anima mea (Lassus)
Váttene, vita, va  No 15 of Lagrime di San Pietro (Lassus)
Veduto il míser quanto differente  No 13 of Lagrime di San Pietro (Lassus)
Verax ipse Deus dedit haec mihi munia fandi  First line to Sibylla Tiburtina, No 10 of Prophetiae Sibyllarum (Lassus)
Vide homo, quae pro te patior  No 21 of Lagrime di San Pietro (Lassus)
Virgine matre satus, pando residebit asello  First line to Sibylla Persica, No 1b of Prophetiae Sibyllarum (Lassus)
Virginis aeternum veniet de corpore verbum  First line to Sibylla Europaea, No 9 of Prophetiae Sibyllarum (Lassus)
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