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.

It’s Unanimous

This is a song by “you know who” is titled Il Magnanimo Pietro, which means The Magnanimous Peter.

Many of these songs I have been posting have just 4 parts. This song has seven lines of music that harmonize perfectly.

Two Organs With Tabla
One Organ WIth Tabla

And here, for some reason, is the number one downloaded song from this site. It is currently heading towards 1,000 downloads. For all of you mathematicians out there, it is less than 1,000 downloads, and closer to 1,000 than it is to 200.

Sicut Cervus

Sicut Cervus Is the name of a song written by another Renaissance composer named Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.

Guitar with Drums

Sicut cervus is a motet for four voices by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. What is a motet, you ask? A motet is a polyphonic choral composition on a sacred text usually without instrumental accompaniment. It sets the beginning of Psalm 42, Psalmus XLII in the Latin version of the Psalterium Romanum rather than the Vulgate Bible. The incipit is “Sicut cervus desiderat ad fontes” (As the deer desires the fountains) followed by a second part (secunda pars) “Sitivit anima mea” (My soul thirsts). It was published in 1604 in Motecta festorum, Liber 2, and has become one of Palestrina’s most popular motets, regarded as a model of Renaissance polyphony, expressing spiritual yearning.

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, (born c. 1525, Palestrina, near Rome [Italy]—died February 2, 1594, Rome), was an Italian Renaissance composer of more than 105 masses and 250 motets, a master of contrapuntal composition.

Palestrina lived during the period of the Roman Catholic Counter-Reformation and was a primary representative of the 16th-century conservative approach to church music.

Palestrina was born in a small town where his ancestors are thought to have lived for generations, but as a child he was taken to nearby Rome. In 1537 he was one of the choirboys at the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, where he also studied music between 1537 and 1539. In 1544 Palestrina was engaged as organist and singer in the cathedral of his native town. His duties included playing the organ, helping with the choir, and teaching music. His pay was that of a canon and would have been received in money and kind. His prowess at the church there attracted the attention of the bishop, Giovanni Maria Ciocchi del Monte, who later became Pope Julius III.

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