Laudabit usque ad mortem (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2017-09-19)  CPDL #46401:         
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2017-09-19).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 127 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from Magnum opus musicum. Original pitch and note-values.

General Information

Title: Laudabit usque ad mortem
Composer: Orlando di Lasso

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SMsAT.ATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1604 in Magnum opus musicum, no. 501
Description: This double-choir motet has an extremely wide range, which lends it an unusually rich sonority. The first choir is roughly an octave higher than the second, the first soprano reaches up to a’’, and the second bass goes down to low C.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Laudabit usque ad mortem anima mea Dominum,
et vita mea erat appropinquans in inferno deorsum,
circumdederunt me undique et non erat qui adjuvaret,
respiciens eram in adjutorium hominum et non erat.
Memoratus sum misericordiae tuae, Domine,
et cooperationis tuae qui a saeculo sunt,
quoniam eruis sustinentes te, Domine,
et liberas eos de manibus gentium.