Renaissance Fair

Here is a song by Orlando Di Lasso titled “Resonet in Laudibus.” That translates to “Let the Voice of Praise Resound.” Amen. By the way, do you know what the word “Amen” means? It means “So be it.”
This song was called “one of the chief Christmas songs of joy” in 1550. That accolade was then given to Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” a mere 400 years later.

Another Song is a Wrap

This song is called Pour Mettre Comme Un Homme Habile. In English it means “To Put Like a Skillful Man.” (I think it might be missing something in translation). It was written way back in the 1500’s by Orlando Di Lasso.

On another note, have you ever wondered why the word “tummy” is used for the word “stomach?” Shouldn’t it be “Stummy?”

No Tambourine
With Tambourine
Name That Tune
And This One Too

A New Song for A New Month

I have been thinking about starting a cover band. But first I need to buy some covers. I’m sure I can find a sale somewhere…

Continuing with our study of Renaissance Music, here is a song titled “To The Sweet Sound of The Murmuring of the Waves.” (I’m not making this up). Its actual title is Al dolce suon del mormorar de l’onde, and was written by Orlando Di Lasso way back in the 1500’s.

Organ With Brass
Organ With Brass and Tabla

Also, all 100 classical songs are now located on one page:

Tuesday Afternoon’s Song

Tuesday’s song is fresh off the press. It is called Videntes stellam mag which translates to When They Saw The Star (at least according to my online translator). It was written in the 1500’s by Orlando Di Lasso, also known as “The King of Renaissance Music.” It has five lines of music.

Tame Version
Wild Version

An Oldie But a Goodie

Today’s song is titled “Tristis est anima mea” which translates to “Sad is my soul.” It just doesn’t seem like the kind of song that needed sound effects or percussion. 🕊️

This is a beautiful version also.

The Hits Are Back

Today’s song is called In me Transierunt Irae Tuae, written by “The King of Renaissance Music, Orlando Di Lasso. The title translates to “My pain is ever with me.” Well, that just about describes it I would say. Life is pain. And music is Life. So does that mean music is pain? My fingers would say yes!

No Percussion
With Percussion

Bonus Song:

Search for the First Thunder

Here are two versions of a song called Ricercar del prima tuono, which means Search for the First Thunder. It was written almost 500 years ago by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525 – February 2, 1594) was an Italian Renaissance composer of sacred music and the best-known 16th-century representative of the Roman School of musical composition. He had a long-lasting influence on the development of church and secular music in Europe, especially on the development of counterpoint, and his work is considered the culmination of Renaissance polyphony.

For more on the composer:

All of these Renaissance songs can also be found on the Renaissance Music page:

And the Bach Chorales can be found on this page:

if you are using Chrome on a smart phone, click the three dots in the top right corner to get to the menu. Choose settings, site settings, desktop site ON to view the music player on the right side of the page. If you are using a laptop you should be able to see the player. And then you can listen to this amazing music over and over.

You Learn Something New Every Day (Hopefully)

Here is another song written by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, titled Missa Papae Marcelli, or Pope Marcellus Mass. It is a “mass sine nomine” or mass without a name. It is his best-known mass, and is regarded as an archetypal example of the complex polyphony done by Palestrina. It was sung at the Papal Coronation Masses (the last being the coronation of Paul VI in 1963).

It is also posted on the Renaissance Music Page at (along with the other renaissance songs, of course!)

It is a very calming piece of music. And let’s face it, couldn’t we all use that right about now?

Also, the list of 101 Bach Chorales continues to grow. Here is number 66: “Jesus, Priceless Treasure“:

New Music

What could be better than a 400 year old song? This one is called Prophetiae Sibyllarum, which translates to Sibylline Prophecies.  It is one of a series of twelve motets by Orlando di Lasso (sometimes spelled De Lassus). The works are known for their extremely chromatic idiom. For those of you who don’t know what the word chromatic means, it is a series of notes that are only a half step apart. Here is an example of a chromatic scale:

For more on that:

And hold on to your masks, everyone. There is a new page on The Write Stuff :

And here is my version of Sibylline Prophecies

Are You Going to Float in the Pool All Day?
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