Orlande de Lassus

Orlande de Lassus Music Recordings and Sheet Music

  • Born
    c. 1532
  • Died
    14th June 1594
  • Birthplace
    County of Hainaut, Habsburg Netherlands (modern-day Belgium)

Orlande de Lassus (also Orlandus Lassus, Orlando di Lasso,Roland de Lassus, or Roland de Lattre) was a Netherlandish composer of the late Renaissance. He is today considered to be the chief representative of the mature polyphonic style of the Franco-Flemish school, and one of the three most famous and influential musicians in Europe at the end of the 16th century (the other two being Palestrina and Victoria). One of the most prolific, versatile, and universal composers of the late Renaissance, Lassus wrote over 2,000 works in all Latin, French, Italian and German vocal genres known in his time. These include 530 motets, 175 Italian madrigals andvillanellas, 150 French chansons, and 90 German lieder. No strictly instrumental music by Lassus is known to survive, or ever to have existed: an interesting omission for a composer otherwise so prolific, during an age when instrumental music was becoming an ever-more prominent means of expression. The German music publisher Adam Berg dedicated 5 volumes of his Patrocinium musicum (1573–1580) to Lassus' music.

Title Form Instrument Ratings
Célébrons sans cesse Canon Solo voice(s)
Fantasias for 3 Viols Fantasy Chamber group
Alma cortese in piu bel lembo involta Madrigal Solo voice(s)
Alma real, dignissima Madrigal Solo voice(s)
Appariran per me Madrigal Solo voice(s)
Ben mi credea passar mio tempo Madrigal Solo voice(s)
Candid’allhor del ciel Madrigal Solo voice(s)
Cantai hor piango Madrigal Solo voice(s)
Crudel acerba inesorabil morte Madrigal Solo voice(s)
De l'eterne tue sante alme faville Madrigal Solo voice(s)
Evro gentil se d’amoroso ardore Madrigal Solo voice(s)
Fiera stella Madrigal Solo voice(s)
In qual parte del ciel Madrigal Solo voice(s)
Jo che l’età piu verd' e piu fiorita Madrigal Solo voice(s)
Lasso ch'il crederia Madrigal Solo voice(s)
Madrigali a 5 voci, Libro 1 Madrigal Choir
Madrigali a 5 voci, Libro 2 Madrigal Choir
Madrigali a 5 voci, Libro 3 Madrigal Choir
Malvaggio horrido gelo Madrigal Solo voice(s)
Mentre fioriv’amor Madrigal Solo voice(s)