Vivere vis recte (Leonhard Lechner)

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  • (Posted 2020-07-06)  CPDL #59561:     
Editor: Adrian Wall (submitted 2020-07-06).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 912 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transposed down a tone. Note values halved.

General Information

Title: Vivere vis recte
Composer: Leonhard Lechner
Lyricist: Jacob Micylluscreate page

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1581 in Sacrarum cantionum, liber secundus (Leonhard Lechner), no. 11
Description: Micyllus's Sylvarum libri quinque presents two poems under the title Confide et ama. The first, Confisus Domino, was set by Pinchon and by Lassus; Vivere vis recte is the second poem. It was also set by Wismes and its first half by Gerarde. All these settings except that by Gerarde feature the text 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, as an ostinato. Lechner was a pupil of Lassus, and this piece, 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 Vivere vis recte.