Alma Venus (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2020-05-12)  CPDL #58553: 
Original key (high chiavette):   (MIDI)    
Transposed down a minor third:   (MIDI)   - Alto in transposed violin clef
Transposed down a fourth:   (MIDI)   - Alto in transposed violin clef
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2020-05-12).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 145 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from 1566 edition of Tiers livre des chansons (Phalèse). The original print and its reprints have "dimittite", but editions by other editors (Le Roy et Ballard 1570, 1576) have "dimittere". We used "dimittere". Le Roy et Ballard 1570 and 1576 also differs musically from Phalèse. In the Cantus in measure 27 Phalèse has B natural, whereas Le Roy et Ballard B flat. Magnum Opus Musicum, which applied a sacred text to this motet has B natural. Original note values.

General Information

Title: Alma Venus
Composer: Orlando di Lasso

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1560 in Tiers livre des chansons a 4-6 parties, no. 11
    2nd published: 1564 in Quinsieme livre de chansons (Le Roy & Ballard), no. 14

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Alma Venus, vultu languentem despice laeto,
 respice languentem dulciter, alma Venus.
Anni principio tibi prospera cuncta precamur,
 ut placido subeat pectore noster amor,
et mihi fausta satis fuerint haec omnia Jani
 annua qui nobis lumina laeta refert.
Alma Venus, vultu languentem despice laeto,
 respice languentem dulciter, alma Venus.

Nunc elegos divae quaerulos dimittere versus,
undique sollicitis resoluto pectore curis,
Musica nunc alio demulceat omnia cantu,
protinus ex misero videor dum maximus heros,
nam mea me placidis oculis respexit amica
et poenitus nostro delevit corde dolorem.