Te spectant, Reginalde, poli (Orlando di Lasso)
- Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2021-09-09). Score information: A4, 3 pages, 100 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Transcribed from Selectissimae cantiones 1579. Original key (chiavi naturali) and note values.
- Editor: Sabine Cassola (submitted 2003-11-01). Score information: A4, 3 pages, 140 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes:
Title: Te spectant, Reginalde, poli
Composer: Orlando di Lasso
First published: 1556 in Il primo libro de mottetti a 5-6 voci, no. 10
2nd published: 1568 in Selectissimae cantiones, no. 2.17
3rd published: 1570 in Mellange d'Orlande de Lassus, no. 74
Description: Lassus composed this motet to be sung during the service for the reception of Cardinal Reginald Pole, that took place in St. Paul's Cathedral, London, on the first Sunday of Advent, 2 December 1554. Lassus was in England at this time, as was also Philippe de Monte, and both were probably present. In the first verse, the author of the text (most probably Lassus himself) makes a wordplay between poli (heavens) and Pole (vocative of the Cardinal's latinized surname, Polus).
Original text and translations
Te spectant, Reginalde, poli, tibi sidera rident,
The heavens observe you, Reginald,