Lassus, Rudolph de

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Lassus, Rudolph de

Lassus, Rudolph de, German organist and composer, son of Orlando di Lasso and brother of Ferdinand de Lassus; b. Munich, c. 1563; d. there, 1625. He was made a member of the Bavarian court chapel (1585), and was its first organist (1589–1625); was also court composer to the Duke (from 1609). With his brother, he compiled and publ. the Magnum opus musicum (1604), a comprehensive survey of his father’s motets. In some of his settings of the Magnificat, he parodied pieces by his father.


Teutsche Psalmen: Geistliche psalmen for 3 Voices (Munich, 1588; ed. by W. Lipphardt, Kassel, 1928); Cantiones sacrae for 6 Voices (Munich, 1601); Selectae aliquot cantiones for 4 Voices (Munich, 1606); Circus symphoniacus commissi in arenam Phonomachi for 9, 11, and 12 Voices (Munich, 1607); Triga musica qua missae odaeque Marianae triplicefugantur: In Viadanae modo for 4 to 6 Voices (Munich, 1612); Virginalia Eucharistica for 2 to 8 Voices (Munich, 1615); Ad sacrum convivium modi sacri for 2 to 6 Voices (Munich, 1617); Alphabetum Marianum triplici cantionum for 2 to 4 Voices and Basso Continuo (organ) (Munich, 1621); Cygnaeum melos for 2 to 4 Voices, una cum litaneis for 4 Voices (Munich, 1626); Missae (Ingolstadt, n.d.; not extant); also works in Pantheon musicum (Paris, 1600).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire