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Officium natalis Christi (Orlando di Lasso, 1530/32–1594)

Officium natalis Christi (Orlando di Lasso, 1530/32–1594)

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«Officium natalis Christi»

Orlando di Lasso (1530/32–1594)

With additional music by
Giovanni Matteo Asola (1532?–1609)
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562–1621)
Andrea Gabrieli (1532/33–1585)

From «Cantate!» 27.12.20

Barfüsserkirche, Basel Historical Museum

Doron Schleifer – Cantus (Communio – Cantus II)
Charlotte Nachtsheim – Cantus (Communio)
Ivo Haun – Altus
Matthieu Romanens – Tenor
Rui Stähelin – Quintus
Carlos Federico Sepúlveda – Bassus
Aki Noda – Organo di legno


Musical director: Ivo Haun


Live concert recording: Oren Kirschenbaum
Moderation: Grace Newcombe and Marc Lewon

Calnca Altar. Historisches Museum Basel.

Bild: Grosser Flügelaltar der Kirche St. Maria in Calanca (Graubünden), 1512. Sammlung des Historischen Museums Basel, Barfüsserkirche.

Calanca-Altar. Historisches Museum Basel.

«Officium natalis Christi» – Orlando di Lasso



Puer natus est nobis (Chant)

Et Filius datus est nobis (5-part polyphony)

Cantate Domino canticum novum (Improvised 2-voice canon over the Chant)

Quia mirabilia fecit (5-part polyphony)

Gloria patri (Falsobordone by Giovanni Matteo Asola) 

Puer natus est nobis (Harmonisation over the Chant)

Et Filius datus est nobis (5-part polyphony, instrumental)


Alleluia (5-part polyphony)

Dies sanctificatus (5-part polyphony)

Alleluia (5-part polyphony)

(Intermezzo Surprise  I)


Toccata à 4 Voc. – Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (organ solo)



Natus ante saecula (Improvised counterpoint over the Chant)

Per quem fit machina (5-part polyphony)

Per quem dies et horae labant (Improvised counterpoint over the Chant)

Quem angeli in arce poli (5-part polyphony)

Hic corpus assumpserat fragile (Improvised counterpoint over the Chant)

Hoc praesens diecula loquitur (2-part polyphony)

Nec nox vacat novi sideris luce (Improvised counterpoint over the Chant)

Nec gregum magistris (5-part polyphony)

Gaude, Dei genetrix (Improvised counterpoint over the Chant)

Christe, Patris unice (3-part polyphony)

Et quorum participem (Improvised counterpoint over the Chant)

Ut ipsos divinitatis tuae (5-part polyphony)

(Intermezzo Surprise II)


Intonatione sesto tono – Andrea Gabrieli (Organ solo)



Viderunt (Improvised polyphony over the Chant)

Omnes fines terrae (5-part polyphony)


For anyone who would like to sing along with the polyphony from 16th century notation, you can download the music here:

There you will also find practice videos for learning the separate voices.

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