di Lasso (Orlandus Lassus)
di Lasso was born in Munich and was one of the most eminent of
Netherland and 16th Century composers and conductors. Haberl
claims that he was born in 1532, in spite of Vinchant's
contemporary statement that 1520 was the date, and
Quichelberg's that 1530 was the date.
family seems to have used the name Lassus for some time before
him. He sighed his own name variously.
composed an amazing 2,500 compositions and he was know as the
"Prince of Music."
by various noblemen and given much travel in Italy, he became
the conductor at St. Giovanni in Laterano at Rome in 1541. He
visited Mons and about 1554, England, settling in Antwerp the
same year. In 1557, he joined on invitation the chapel of
Albert V, Duke of Bavaria. Form 1562 he was the conductor
complete works work attempted by Breitkopf and Hartel, in the
19th Century, but never completed. An attempt to publish the
complete works was begun by another publisher in the 20th
wrote some very exquisitely beautiful music. Most of his
music, unfortunately, has not been heard by modern ears.
Resonent in Laudibus
Quinis Vocibus, 1571
This is a very fine recording of Lassus Motets by
the Collegium Vocale Gent, Knabenchor Hannover, Philippe
Herreweghe Astrée AS 44 (1979)
Dealing with Lassus
New Grove High Renaissance Masters
W.W. Norton & Company, 1980
ISBN 0393300935 (paperback)
ISBN 0393016897 (hardback)
will serve as a good introduction to Victoria's life and music,
as well as the other great renaissance composers (Byrd,
Palestrina, Josquin des Pres and Victoria.
Ch. Van Der Borren (in French)
Labrairie Felix Alcan 1930