This is a survey of the music of Orlando di Lasso, one of the most important musical figures of the later 1500s. Eleven essays discuss Lasso's music from many perspectives, including analysis of the music and considerations of its position in society, commerce and liturgy.
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'… anyone with an academic interest in Lassus will need to read this.' Early Music Review
'… a series of articles which, in their searching analyses and archival investigations, confidently edge us forward into the realm of certainty and understanding regarding this extremely diverse and prolific composer.' BBC Music
'… this collection of essays, edited by one of the most prolific contributors to Lassus scholarship, is timely and welcome.' Early Music Today
'The essays in this volume range from the analytic to the historical with one or two entertaining polemics.' Church Times
Orlando di Lasso was probably the most famous and most popular composer of the second half of the 1500s. This book of essays written by leading scholars from Europe and the United States is a survey of a broad spectrum of Lasso's music. The essays discuss his large and varied output with regard to structure, expressive qualities, liturgical aspects and its use as a model by other composers, focusing in turn on his Magnificat settings, masses, motets, hymns and madrigals. His relationship to contemporaries and younger composers is the main subject of three essays and is touched on throughout the book, together with the circulation of his music in print and in manuscript. His attitude toward modal theory is explored in one essay, and another considers the relationship of verbal and musical stress in Lasso's music and what this implies both for scholars and for performers.
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