Decantabat populus (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2021-08-26)  CPDL #65597:        (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2021-08-26).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 90 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2018-04-26)  CPDL #49445: 
Original key (high chiavette):        
Transposed down a minor third:       - Altos in octave transposed violin clef.
Transposed down a fourth:       - Altos in octave transposed violin clef.
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2018-04-26).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 117 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from Selectissimae cantiones, 1579, Nuremberg. Original note values.

General Information

Title: Decantabat populus
Composer: Orlando di Lasso

Number of voices: 7vv   Voicing: SSAATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1564 in Thesaurus Musicus (1564), Volume 2, no. 1
    2nd published: 1578 in Selectae cantiones octo et septum vocum (Strasbourg: Wyriot), no. 18
    3rd published: 1579 in Selectissimae cantiones 1579, no. 47
    4th published: 1604 in Magnum opus musicum, no. 479

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Decantabat populus Israel.
Et universa multitudo Jacob canebat legitime,
et David cum cantoribus citharam percutiebat in domo Domini
et laudes Deo canebat.

Original text and translations may be found at Decantabat populus.