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Old 26th January 2009, 01:27 AM
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Default My favorite composer

I thought I would share some of my favorite music by my favorite composer, Orlande de Lassus. Here is some biographic info on him:

Orlandus Lassus Biography (1530 - 1532)

or Orlando di Lasso or Roland de Lassus

(born 1530/32, Mons, Spanish Hainaut—died June 14, 1594, Munich) Flemish composer. He began as a choirboy (with such a beautiful voice that he is said to have been kidnapped to sing elsewhere), and his first known position was in service to the Gonzaga family in Italy (1544). After 1556 he was based in Munich as kapellmeister to the duke of Bavaria, but he pursued an international career, traveling in Italy, Germany, Flanders, and France. He wrote more than 1,200 works, in every contemporary style and genre, sacred (including some 60 masses and 500 motets) and secular (including hundreds of madrigals and chansons), his attention to the correspondence of music and words being especially remarkable. Because of his range of styles (he always kept up with fashion) and because his works were printed widely during and after his lifetime, he influenced many composers and is regarded as one of the greatest masters of his century.
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I love to listen to his masses that he composed and I would say that my favorite ones are Missa Pro Defunctis, Missa Entre vous filles, and Missa ad imitationem Vinum bonum.

I love the Hilliard Ensembles rendition of Missa Pro Defunctis (Mass for the dead) I have the CD found here which I recommend to all http://www.amazon.com/Lassus/dp/B000...33171&sr= 8-2
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Old 26th January 2009, 01:34 AM
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Recently someone on youtube posted parts of a live concert given by the Hillard Ensemble performing Missa pro Defunctis. The first link is for Missa pro Defunctis Introitus

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-75Cd...e=channel_page

English translation is as follows:

Grant them eternal rest, O Lord: and let perpetual light shine on them.
You are praised in Zion and to you shall the vow be performed in Jerusalem:
you hear my prayers, to you shall all flesh come.


More Later,

Zach
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Old 26th January 2009, 10:53 AM
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Default Beautiful Harmonies

I had never heard of this composer or this group. But I thoroughly enjoyed this "Mass of the Dead". Obviously, a talented group.
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Old 26th January 2009, 02:08 PM
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And here is them performing the Kyrie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCy5h...eature=channel

And here is the Graduale which translates in English:

If I walk in the shadow of death, I will fear no ill: for you are with me, O Lord.
Your rod and your staff comfort me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8hTT...eature=channel
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Old 26th January 2009, 06:36 PM
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Thank you; the Hilliard Ensemble is wonderful. It is rare to hear such a gorgeous countertenor voice. The vocal range in these excerpts is not too high, but it is still astonishing to hear such a beautiful male voice singing in the range of a mezzo-soprano.
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Old 27th January 2009, 06:59 PM
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One of the other works by Lassus that I like is Missa Entre Vous Filles (Mass for five vioces) performed by Oxford Camerata the album can be found here:

http://www.amazon.com/Lassus-Masses-...82590&sr= 8-1

I noticed that Amazon.com is offering the Kyrie from this album for Free! It is off of a compilation CD but it is the same work. You can download it here for free: http://www.amazon.com/Missa-Entre-vo.../dp/B0018QXIQS

Enjoy!
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Old 2nd September 2009, 04:23 AM
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Thumbs up Wow!

These guys are really awesome! Thank you for sharing, I will be adding them to my musical collection for sure.

Thaddeus
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