Orlando di Lasso

About Orlando di Lasso

Along with Palestrina, Franco-Flemish composer Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594) was the dominant figure of the late renaissance. Though he composed much sacred music, Lassus was considered second-to-none in the production of secular material: motets, madrigals, French chansons, and German lieder. Lassus' works were so popular in their time that his music accounts for three-fifths of all music printed in Europe between 1555 and 1600. Educated in Italy, Lassus was based at the court in Munich until 1580. After his patron died, Lassus moved to Dresden. After his death, Lassus' sons published his complete works in one of the first such editions.

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