Jul 03

Penitential Psalm No. 5: Domine exaudi orationem meam, et clamor (Psalm 102:1-28) – Orlandus Lassus

Orlande de Lassus

Orlande de Lassus (1532, possibly 1530 – 14 June 1594)

Psalm 102:1-28 [written and sung in Latin]

1 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry come unto thee.

Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily.

For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth.

My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread.

By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin.

I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert.

I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.

Mine enemies reproach me all the day; and they that are mad against me are sworn against me.

For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping.

10 Because of thine indignation and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down.

11 My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass.

12 But thou, O Lord, shall endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.

13 Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.

14 For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof.

15 So the heathen shall fear the name of the Lord, and all the kings of the earth thy glory.

16 When the Lord shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.

17 He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.

18 This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the Lord.

19 For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the Lord behold the earth;

20 To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;

21 To declare the name of the Lord in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem;

22 When the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the Lord.

23 He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days.

24 I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations.

25 Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.

26 They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:

27 But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.

28 The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.


Penitential Psalm No. 5: Domine exaudi orationem meam, et clamor (first published in 1584), by Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594)

Performed by Choir of Christchurch Cathedral, Oxford Directed by Simon Preston

 

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Aug 02

Qui sequitur me [He that follows me] (John 8:12) – Orlando di Lasso

Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594) (Other versions ...

Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594) (Other versions of the name: Orlandus Lassus, Orlando di Lasso, Roland de Lassus, Roland Delattre.) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John 8:12b [Latin]

12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Qui sequitur me (1577, #6 from Novae aliquot, ad 2 voces cantiones), composed by Orlande de Lassus (c.1532-1594)


Performed by Chamber Choir of the Conservatory “L. Canepa” of Sassari
Director: Francis Scognamillo

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Qui sequitur me

 

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Dec 28

Cum natus esset Jesus [When Jesus was born] (Matthew 2:1-12) – Orlando di Lasso

The three Magi (Balthasar, Caspar, Melchior)

Matthew 2:1-12 [Latin]

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.

12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

Cum natus esset Jesus (published in 1566 as part of Sacrae cantiones (vulgo motecta appellatae) sex et octo vocum, tum viva voce, tum omnis generis Instrumentis cantatu commodissimae. Liber Quartus.), composed by Roland de Lassus (also Orlande de Lassus, Orlando di Lasso, Orlandus Lassus, or Roland de Lattre; (c.1530-1594)


Performed by the Hilliard Ensemble, conductor Paul Hillier

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Sacrae cantiones, Book 4: Cum natus esset Jesus / Bremen Weser-Renaissance / From the Album Lasso: Christmas Motets /CPO

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Apr 02

Tristis est anima mea [My soul is sorrowful] (Matthew 26:38) – Orlande de Lassus

 

Orlande de Lassus (1535-1594), composer

Orlande de Lassus (1535-1594), composer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Matthew 26:38 [Latin]

38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.

Tristis est anima mea (1579) by Orlande de Lassus (a.k.a. Orlandus Lassus, Orlando di Lasso, Roland de Lassus, or Roland Delattre, 1532 [possibly 1530] -1594)


Performed by the Ensemble Versus, chamber choir based in Brno, Czech Republic

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Edited by Jan Bank. For SATTB choir. Sacred: Holy week. Motet. Full score. Text Language: Latin. 4 pages. Published by Annie Bank Edition

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