Kyrie. ex. Guillaume de Machaut, La messe de Nostre Dame: Ite, missa est. The Kyrie is built around the same cantus firmus as the Kyrie from the Faenza. Guillaume de Machaut is the most important poet and composer of the to the Kyrie and Gloria, rather than on the Ordinary texts themselves. In the thirteenth century there began to appear anonymous manuscripts containing settings of the complete Ordinary (the Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus.

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Compare Stravinsky’s Mass of Guillaume de Machaut is not only known as perhaps the finest composer of the fourteenth century, but also as one of the finest French poets of the time. In his later years, Machaut set about the task of compiling his life’s work for posterity. The Musical Times, Vol. Analysis Machaut’s Mass was certainly a landmark in musical history, but this Mass is far from being avant-garde merely for the sake of uniquity, it is considered to be one of the most advanced examples of macuaut polyphony in the history of music.

The Gloria and Credo of the Messe de Nostre Dame exhibit some similarities to the Tournai mass, such as textless musical interludes, simultaneous style, and long melismatic Amens.

Messe de Nostre Dame (Guillaume de Machaut) – ChoralWiki

List of compositions by Guillaume de Machaut. Three soloists repeat music with some ornamentation.

I was made aware of textless interludes Eg. Three soloists sing new music polyphonically with ornamentation.

Messe de Nostre Dame (Guillaume de Machaut)

The hunchbacked and elderly Machaut appears to have truly been in love, a love that was ,achaut. Given the fact that the Messe de Notre Dame is also one of the longest extant works from the Middle Ages, there is real potential for a lack of cohesion in such an approach.


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Bowles and James Madhaut the only instrument admissible in the Mass during the 14th century was the organ. Kyrie from the Messe de Nostre Dame. But these wise musicians are also at one with the novelty and innovative impact which the mass must have made when first sung. This, again, neutralises the timbre, where articulation as required by singing words may interfere somewhat with the harmonic palette.

No attempt to submerge or efface their vocal personalities. Machaut composed all parts. Singers would draw on these small collections to compile the music needed for a specific service.

Machaut’s Messe de Nostre Dame : an overview – Musica Kaleidoskopea

You are commenting using your Facebook account. The way each part is used to complement each other through harmonic elements is well advanced anything else of the time, or even until the 16th century. Tempos change as appropriate to movement, though most tempos are of a moderate speed. View all posts by f.

Such practice is historically nearby to this mass, but understood from what historic sources there are to be different in the essentials. Precisely analogous figures appear in these voices and in the other two voices elsewhere in both movements at points where all editors have agreed on a fully vocal homophonic rendering; moreover the text underlay, which is reasonably precise in the manuscripts, does not stop at those sections.

Original Partbook of Machaut’s Mass. As is usual, Paul Machatu presents the music in a one-voice-to-a-part setting, and flawless singing. Never mind; this is a clean, well-balanced rendition, using solo voices, like the Taverner Consort but unlike that group with countertenors, rather than high tenors, on the top machakt.


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However, at least within the movements, different volumes of text needed to be sung gives way for more variation in expression, to accomodate for a sparsity of syllables to sing, or a large amount of syllables to sing. There have been dozens for recordings of the complete Mass and even more incomplete recordings, but most are out of print today.

The two shared many letters and often Machaut would send his compositions to the young woman.

Missa de Notre Dame (Machaut, Guillaume de)

And concerning your other point about the untexted sections in the Gloria and Credo movements, these kinds of sections were quite common and similar to phrases referred to as hocket.

In the early fourteenth century, settings of Ordinary sections themselves begin to appear. Later scholarship, using the name as an entrypoint and confirmed by the use of Kyrie IV as a cantus-firmus, felt that the Mass was written for a Machau feast day, such as the Nativity.

All of these masses are anonymous, and musicological scholarship indicates that all of them are compilations of the works of several composers. The six sections included machwut are not related musically, so they were almost certainly brought together by the scribe or someone else associated with the lyrie of the manuscript. This page was last edited on 22 Decemberat Machaut’s Messe de Nostre Dame is for four voices rather than the more common three.

New Evidence for an Old Debate.