Lassus, Roland de
   also Orlando di Lasso (ca. 1530-1594).
   Composer and musical performer. Born at Mons in the southern Netherlands, he studied music there. His beautiful voice was so admired that he was kidnapped three times by patrons who wanted his services as a singer. In 1544 he travelled to Italy in the service of the Spanish viceroy of Sicily. In 1552 he became choirmaster in the church of St. John Lateran at Rome. Called home by the illness of his parents, he remained in the North after their death and settled in Antwerp. Eventually Lassus became a chapel singer in the service of Duke Albert V of Bavaria at Munich and remained there for the rest of his life. More than a thousand of his compositions survive, covering every contemporary genre except instrumental music. This number includes more than 500 motets and 60 masses and other liturgical music. He also composed musical settings for Italian-language madrigals and for poems by several contemporary French poets. The diffusion of his compositions in printed form enhanced his reputation as the greatest composer of his time.

Historical Dictionary of Renaissance. . 2004.

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  • Lassus,Roland de — Las·sus (läʹsəs), Roland de or Orlande de 1532 1594. Flemish composer. His works include masses, motets, and madrigals. * * * …   Universalium

  • Lassus, Roland de — ► (1530 94) Compositor flamenco, llamado Orlando di Lasso. Escribió toda clase de música y a una técnica perfecta unió una gran fuerza dramática …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • LASSUS (R. de) — Le plus illustre polyphoniste du XVIe siècle et l’un des plus grands musiciens de tous les temps, plus original, plus expressif et plus fécond que son contemporain Palestrina, Lassus connut, à la tête de la chapelle ducale de Bavière, une… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Lassus, Orlande de — u Orlando di Lasso o Roland de Lassus (1530/32, Mons, Hainaut español–14 jun. 1594, Munich). Compositor flamenco. Comenzó como un niño de coro (con una voz tan bella que habría sido secuestrado para cantar en otro lugar), y su primer puesto… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Lassus, Orlande de — or Orlando di Lasso or Roland de Lassus born 1530/32, Mons, Spanish Hainaut died June 14, 1594, Munich Flemish composer. He began as a choirboy (with such a beautiful voice that he is said to have been kidnapped to sing elsewhere), and his first… …   Universalium

  • Roland de lassus — Orlando di Lasso, Orlande de Lassus, Roland Delattre Naissance 1532 Mons …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Roland de Lassus — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Roland Delattre. Roland de Lassus Orlando di Lasso, Orlande de Lassus, Roland Delattre …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Roland de Lassus — noun Belgian composer (1532 1594) • Syn: ↑Lasso, ↑Orlando di Lasso • Instance Hypernyms: ↑composer …   Useful english dictionary

  • Lassus — Lassus, Roland de …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Lassus — (Roland de) (v. 1531 1594) compositeur wallon, né à Mons (Hainaut). Il voyagea en France, en Italie, en Allemagne. Dans plus de 2 000 compositions (dont env. 1 000 motets), il aborda tous les genres et porta la chanson française à son plus haut… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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