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CANTATE! - The sing-along experiment

Since the planned workshop on Orlando di Lasso's “Officium Natalis Christi” had to be canceled due to the pandemic, we i nvite you to sing along in a different way. In this programme t he singers only read from the original notation, and we would like to share this experience with you and give you the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the beautiful but unusual notation in advance. In contrast to a modern score, not all information is available in the notation, so it is advisable to orientate yourself primarily on the sound. There are e.g. passages where Lassus would have expected you to sing a "c sharp". Even though he wrote a "c".


The sharp was so clear to him from the musical context that it was not notated at all. The video files are already set up according to the interpretation of the ReRenaissance vocal ensemble. The text is not always easy to read and here Lassus also used abbreviations. The sign “ij” means a rep tition of the most recently-sung word or phras e (in this cas e “nobis”).


The notation is a way to access a long-ago aesthetic world, which is brought back to life by understanding the musical l anguage of the time. Be attentive and see what other interpretive elements t he vocal ensemble uses ( e.g. rhythmic flexibility, ornamentation, etc.). We hope you enjoy your preparation and look forward to the “Cantate” concert - together with everyone who wants to listen and / or sing along from home!

Would you like to print out the officium natalis Christi choir book?

The voices Cantus, Altus, Tenor, Quintus, and Bassus are numbered 1–5, with 1 being the highest voice. It is best to print in landscape format. The PDF includes the canon "Cantate Domino" by Adam Gumpelzhaimer.

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