Nine Lessons from the Book of Job

St. David of Wales concerts

St. David of Wales concerts Nine Lessons from the Book of Job

The nighttime service of Matins for the Dead consists of nine lessons from the Book of Job in alternation with chanted psalms, antiphons and responsories. The composer Orlando de Lasso (born Roland de Lassus in Flanders) spent his youth in Italy, rushing home to find both parents dead in 1554. There are two complete settings of Job's laments by him. Although the starker of the two did not appear in print until the death of his patron Albrecht V of Bavaria in 1582, the duke was proud of his monopoly on music reserved for his private use, and like the 1565 cycle, tonight's music may well date from much earlier, forming half of a memorial written in two deliberately contrasting styles.


Program

Orlando di Lasso

Lectiones...ex libris hiob (1582)

with Gregorian chants

from the Office of the Dead