for AATBarBarB double choir unaccompanied The setting was originally published in the year of Lassus' death (1594) and comes from his mature voice. Although it is economical in expression, it is rich and sonorous in sound and brought alive by the six-part counterpoint. It truly brings the text 'Music is a gift from God' to life.
Written in his old age, it demonstrates the master's supreme skill in motivic manipulation to create a web of individually expressive vocal lines. (The Organ, March 08