Legend has it that the young Lassus was abducted three times because of his beautiful voice. The truth is that his parents allowed him to go to Italy to sing at a very young age. Lassus, also known as the “princeps musicorum” [the first among musicians] and the divine Orlando, is the most celebrated polyphonist of all the “Fiamminghi” [Flemish]. The internationally oriented Lassus was held to be an inventive master in all genres who through his deep sensitivity to language and expressive text setting lifted vocal polyphony to a higher plane. Devoted to his work, Lassus wrote more than 2,000 highly varied and expressive compositions.