Rare Lassus Masterpieces
Sunday, February 25, 3:00 p.m., St. Mary Mother of God
727 Fifth St. NW (at H St.), Washington, DC (Gallery Place Metro)
Missa super Je suys desheritee
Magnificat Primi toni, Nunc dimittis Quarti toni
* In his day the best-known and most widely-admired musician in Europe, Lassus is
often named today with Palestrina and Byrd as supreme in the art of 16th century, late
* Lassus's prolific ouevre of polyphonic sacred works displays immense variety in
musical invention and mastery of musical rhetoric and tone-painting.
* Lassus's seldom-heard Missa super Je suys desheritee is a beautiful example of a
parody Mass (Missa imitatio) based on a pre-existing composition.