Orlando Lassus Biography
Orlande de Lassus was a renowned 16th century composer of Franco-Flemish origin. He was one of the most influential musicians of the 16th century and his works dominated European music during the Renaissance era. He composed several genres of music, and can also be considered today as the main representative of the mature polyphonic style of the Franco-Flemish school. He used to compose a variety of music including chansons, madrigals, hymns and lamentations. Being a devout Catholic, he was a master in the field of sacred music, but was equally good in works based on secular composition as well. However, his secular works were still impacted by the Catholic Counter-Reformation, which under Jesuit influence, was reaching a peak in Bavaria during that period. He popularized a musical style called “Musica Reservata”, which reached its peak of development during that period. Being a composer in several languages like Latin, French, Italian, as well as German, his lifetime work includes around 150 French chansons, 175 Italian madrigals, and 530 motets.