Number 14

Here is the 14th song I have posted by Orlando Di Lasso. You may see his name spelled differently online, or in a book (they do still exist, I am told). Sometimes it is spelled De Lassus. But I am going with Di Lasso.

This song is called Tre Volte Haveva. The online translator tells me that it means Three Times Haveva. But I can’t seem to find out what a Haveva is. Whatever it is, there are three of them.

name that tune

To Bee or Not to Bee

That is the question. Or is it? Here are some versions of a new Orlando Di Lasso song titled “Mon Coeur se recommande a vous.” That means “My Heart Recommends You.”
Also, do you know what lies are? They are Flies that are missing their F’s. And rain is nothing more than a train that is missing its “T.”

Organ – Guitar

The following version has the exact same music, but with all five lines of music being a classical guitar it sounds like an entirely different song. (Maybe because it is.)

Renaissance Fair

Today’s song was written by Orlando Di Lasso. He was considered among Europe’s greatest musicians at the end of the 16th-century. It is titled “je laime bien et laimerai,” which translates to “I’ll be Fine and I’ll be Fine” according to Really!

Orlando Di Lasso (also spelled Orlando De Lassus) was born in present-day Belgium in 1532 but traveled extensively throughout Italy as a singer and a student of composition. He composed more than 2,000 works in Latin, French, and German and in all genres of vocal music. (It is disturbing how much he looks like one of my music teachers!)

Orlando Di Lasso

If you would like to see the sheet music:

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Renaissance Man

150 years before Bach was even born, music known as Counterpoint was being written by a man named Orlando di Lasso. This song is called Illumina Oculos Meos, which translates to “Enlighten my eyes lest I sleep in Death.” It has just four lines of music, the only flat is B-Flat, and the only sharps are F#, C#,and G#. He manages to go through many different key changes using only those four accidentals.

Electric Guitars
Traditional Instruments
Non-Traditional Instruments

Orlando di Lasso was a Franco-Flemish composer of the late Renaissance. Along with Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina he is today considered to be the chief representative of the mature polyphonic style of the Netherlands school, and he was the most famous and influential musician in Europe at the end of the 16th century.

Compare that to this Bach Chorale:

Number 21 of 100

I love Bach’s music, but I have to admit (or do I?) that I find Counterpoint to be much more interesting than a chorale. Maybe that is because Chorales were written so that just regular people could sing them in church. What’s that? I’m preaching to the choir, you say?

If you are interested in learning more about the rules of counterpoint, check this out:

Orlando di Lasso was born in Mons in the province of Hainaut, in what is today Belgium. Information about his early years is minimal, although some uncorroborated stories have survived, the most famous of which is that he was kidnapped three times because of the singular beauty of his singing voice. At the age of 12 he left the Low Countries with Ferrante Gonzaga and went to Mantua, Sicily, and later Milan (from 1547 to 1549). While in Milan he made the acquaintance of the madrigalist Hoste da Reggio, an influence which was formative on his early musical style. According to the dates listed below, this song would be considered a Renaissance Music composition.

Musical Periods: The History of Classical Music

  • Medieval (1150 – 1400)
  • Renaissance (1400 – 1600)
  • Baroque (1600 – 1750)
  • Classical (1750 – 1820)
  • Romantic (1820 – 1900)

    Here is a painting that is around the same age as this music (not scary at all….):
Dante Alighieri by Domenico di Michelino.

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