Lasso: Complete Motets 16

Series: Renaissance  Publisher: A-R Editions
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Orlando di Lasso
The Complete Motets 16
Cantiones sacrae sex vocum (Graz, 1594)

Edited by David Crook

R131 Lasso: Complete Motets 16
978-0-89579-500-7 Full Score (2002) 8.5x11, xxxiii + 252 pp.
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Lasso's last motet book was published in Graz in 1594 by Georg Widmanstetter, a former employee of Adam Berg in Munich. In his dedicatory preface, dated 29 September 1593, we encounter the aged melancholic—vulnerable and alienated from a world he fears has already left behind both him and his music. Some of the motets also display a valedictory quality, notably "Prolongati sunt dies mei," "Deficiat in dolore vita mea," and "Recordare Jesu pie." Most of the texts are biblical or liturgical, but the book also includes a humorous tribute to the pleasures of drink, a sibylline chorus for a Jesuit drama, and the moving encomium to music, "Musica, Dei donum optimi." The first twenty-six motets in the book represent the eight modes in order, with mode 7 unusually represented by pieces with their finals on A. The last four motets in the book appear to have been added by Lasso or Widmanstetter after the main part of the book had already been set in type.
1. Nectar et ambrosiam
2. Prolongati sunt dies mei
3. Si caelum et caeli caelorum
4. Deficiat in dolore vita mea
5. Qui timet Deum
6. Ego cognovi quod erit bonum
7. Vere Dominus est in loco isto
8. Lauda anima mea Dominum
9. Respicit Dominus vias hominis
10. Vincenti dabo edere de ligno vitae
11. Luxuriosa res vinum
12. Timor Domini principium sapientiae
13. Ad Dominum cum tribularer
14. Vidi calumnias quae sub sole geruntur
15. In dedicatione templi
16. Beatus homo
17. Ad primum morsum
18. Multifariam, multisque modis
19. Deus, iniqui insurrexerunt
20. Heu, quis armorum
21. Cantabant canticum Moysi
22. Fratres, nescitis
23. Genuit puerpera Regem
24. Quam bonus Israel Deus
25. Confitebor tibi, Domine
26. Musica, Dei donum optimi
27. Diligam te, Domine
28. Exaltabo te, Domine
29. Conserva me, Domine
30. Recordare Jesu pie