Madrigali a 4 voci, libro primo (Orlando di Lasso)
First Publication: 1560, by Francesco Tracetti.
Misc.: Unlike other books of Orlando di Lasso's madrigals, only about half of the works in Libro Primo a 4 are actually by the composer. Johannes Lockenburg and Francesco Rosselli both make significant contributions, and Giovanni Domenico da Nola and Costanzo Porta both have single works represented.
"To the Illustrious and most Reverend Signor, Monsignor, Cardinal Guise. Having brought together certain madrigals by Orlando di Lassus, and desiring that such a sweet concept be made known to the world by bringing them to light, I thought it would be proper to dedicate them to you, most Illustrious and Reverend Signor, for two reasons. First, I believe that all beautiful and virtuous works should be dedicated to you, because you encourage and support virtuous artists. Second, because by bringing them out under the name of such a kind, courteous, and generous Signor, they will be seen, read, and sung by virtuous persons with so much more pleasure. Therefore most Illustrious Signor, deign to accept my very humble gift as a token of the faithful service and devotion that I bring you, and retain me for the most humble and devoted servant that I am, and in kissing your honorable hand, I pray that God may grant you all the happiness you desire. Rome, 15 January 1560 [recte 1561]. Most humble and devoted servant, Francesco Tracetti"
Note: the "Cardinal Guise" referenced here is Louis I de Guise, a patron of the arts living in Rome.