Confisus Domino (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2018-04-25)  CPDL #49437: 
Original pitch:   (MIDI)     - high chiavette
Transposed down a tone:   (MIDI)  
Transposed down a fourth:   (MIDI)   - Alto in octave transposed violin clef.
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2018-04-25).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 133 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from Magnum opus musicum. Original note values.

General Information

Title: Confisus Domino
Composer: Orlando di Lasso
Lyricist: Jacob Micylluscreate page

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1564 in Thesaurus Musicus (1564), Volume 4, no. 22
    2nd published: 1579 in Altera pars selectissimarum cantionum, no. 35
    3rd published: 1604 in Magnum opus musicum, no. 234
Description: Micyllus's Sylvarum libri quinque presents two poems under the title Confide et ama ("trust and love"), the motto of George of Austria (1505–1557), illegitimate son of Emperor Maximilan I and Prince-Bishop of Liège. Confisus Domino is the first of them and was also set by Pinchon (whose setting is also included in Thesaurus musicus). Lassus sets Confide et ama as an ostinato with varying note values, in Tenor 1. The second poem, Vivere vis recte, was set by Wismes and Lechner and its first half by Gerarde. All these settings except that by Gerarde similarly feature the text Confide et ama as an ostinato. Lechner was a pupil of Lassus, and his Vivere vis recte, which is voiced similarly to Lassus's Confisus Domino, may be intended as a companion piece to it.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Confisus Domino.