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1564 __ 40-voice motet
Orlande de Lassus (or Roland de Lassus, or Orlando di Lasso, or Roland Delattre) (1532-1594)
Comment : A 40-voice motet produced in Munich in 1564 by Orlande de Lassus, which has been lost. In the year 1563 Orlando di Lasso succeeded Ludwig Daser as Kapellmeister at the court of Albrecht V in Munich. The approach to composition was, for example, fairly straight-forward in the case of the masses by Gabrieli and Ivo de Vento based on six-voice settings of hymn texts by Lasso. The multiple ‘partes’ of these models (four in each case) provided a clear choice of motices, ie., the beginnings of each “pars”, for the different sections of the mass. None the less, two very different approaches to their composition could be identified : a systematic use of these motives by Gabrieli to achieve balnce and simmetry, as against the selection of individual motives, often from within the sections, of a particularly striking nature (e.g. the long upowards runs of the two bass voices) by Ivo de Vento. These works illuminate two very different musical talents of the late sixteenth century : the perfection of the long lines of imitative polyphony on the one hand, and the beginnings of a more vertically oriented, rhythmically direct style on the other. Although the latter reflects instrumental influence, it is here still found within the confines of the main sacred genre of the Renaissance, the polyphonic mass. (Compiled from various sources)
Source : Moroney, Davitt (2007), “Alessandro Striggio’s Mass in Forty and Sixty Parts”. Journal of the American Musicological Society, Vol. 60, N°. 1, Spring 2007, pp. 1-69.
Source : Tacaille, Alice (2001), "Le cantus firmus : référence au corpus grégorien et techniques d'écriture : les motets de Roland de Lassus (ca 1532-1594)", Itinéraires du cantus firmus IV. De l'église à la salle de concert, Paris, PUPS, 2001, p. 49-66 (actes du colloque cantus firmus IV).
Source : Göllner, Marie Louise (1999), “Orlando di Lasso and Andrea Gabrieli : two motets and their masses in a Munich choir book from 1564-65”, In “Orlando di Lasso — Studies”, edited by Peter Bergquist, pp. 20-40.

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