Lassus, Ferdinand de

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Lassus, Ferdinand de

Lassus, Ferdinand de, German singer and composer, son of Orlando di Lasso and brother of Rudolph de Lassus; b. Munich, c. 1560; d. there, Aug. 27, 1609. He became a member of the Bavarian court chapel in Munich (1584), then entered the service of Friedrich von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (1585). He subsequently returned to Munich and Landshut (1590), becoming Kapellmeister (1602). With his brother, he prepared and publ. a comprehensive survey of his father’s motets as the Magnum opus musicum (1604). His son, also named Ferdinand de Lassus (1592–1630), was also a musician. He studied in Rome and then was Kapellmeister in Munich (1616–29).


Cantiones sacrae for 6 Voices (Graz, 1587); Apparatus musicus for 8 Voices and Basso Continuo (organ) (Munich, 1622); various other works in contemporary collections.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire