Te spectant, Reginalde, poli (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2021-09-09)  CPDL #65702:         
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2021-09-09).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 100 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from Selectissimae cantiones 1579. Original key (chiavi naturali) and note values.
  • (Posted 2003-11-01)  CPDL #05900:        (Finale 2000)
Editor: Sabine Cassola (submitted 2003-11-01).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 140 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Te spectant, Reginalde, poli
Composer: Orlando di Lasso

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1556 in Il primo libro de mottetti a 5-6 voci, no. 10
    2nd published: 1568 in Selectissimae cantiones, no. 2.17
    3rd published: 1570 in Mellange d'Orlande de Lassus, no. 74
    4th published: 1579 in Altera pars selectissimarum cantionum, no. 19
    5th published: 1604 in Magnum opus musicum, no. 153
Description: Lassus composed this motet to be sung during the service for the reception of Cardinal Reginald Pole, that took place in St. Paul's Cathedral, London, on the first Sunday of Advent, 2 December 1554. Lassus was in England at this time, as was also Philippe de Monte, and both were probably present. In the first verse, the author of the text (most probably Lassus himself) makes a wordplay between poli (heavens) and Pole (vocative of the Cardinal's latinized surname, Polus).

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Te spectant, Reginalde, poli, tibi sidera rident,
  exsultant montes, personat Oceanus,
Anglia dum plaudit quod faustos excutis ignes;
  elicis et lacrimas ex adamante suo.

English.png English translation

The heavens observe you, Reginald,
the stars smile for you, the mountains exult,
the ocean resounds, while England applauds,
because you send forth auspicious fires
and elicit tears from its diamond.