Antevenis virides (Jacobus Vaet)
- Editor: Paul R. Marchesano (submitted 2014-01-14). Score information: Letter, 11 pages, 171 kB Copyright: CPDL
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First published: 1560
Description: Antevenis virides was written in honor of Duke Albrecht of Bavaria, a ruler notable for his enlightened patronage of the greatest composer of the day, Orlandus Lassus. The poem, according to its text source linked with Lassus (although no setting by him survives), is an acrostic on the Duke's Latin name, Albertus. According to contemporary custom, it is written in Classical hexameters, although particularly convoluted, and praises Albrecht's rule, specifically his role as a patron, one so great that he could "instruct the Muses themselves."
Original text and translations
Antevenis virides raris qui dotibus annos,
Excelling in rare prowess, you transcend the years