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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Guillaume de Machaut – Messe de Nostres Dame

I would be interested in any historical evidence you have to back it up. Perhaps because two or three generations ago it sounded so splendid, new — exotic, almost. In the liturgy of the Mass, the items of the Ordinary are not performed consecutively, but are separated from one another by prayers and chants. This is a remarkably unified, and hence profoundly satisfying, account. Widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of medieval music and of all religious music, it is historically notable as the earliest complete setting of the Ordinary of the Mass attributable to a single composer in contrast to earlier compilations such as the Tournai Mass.

Listening Chart Guillaume de Machaut: In terms of the repetition of sections, particularly in the Kyrie, is simply as a part of the normal structure of the Kyrie text: Where the Kyrie is homogeneous in texture, without much need for articulation and with a consistent dynamic for all 8 of its minutes, besides some welcome off-beat rhythmic deviation in the first Kyrie, the Gloria, with a vastly greater number of words and a shorter running time, is given a lighter treatment, with the exception of the 2-page ‘Amen’ melisma at its end.


Full choir sings in polyphony.

He had a small home attached to the cathedral and from there devoted himself to writing music and poetry. Naxos Early Music-Alte Musik 8. 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.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Polyphony was a natural progression from the simpler organum, though at first each part was written by different people. Sometimes, a scribe would copy together a pair of musically-related movements usually Gloria-Credo or Sanctus-Agnusor even a complete cycle.

The tempi are refreshingly slow, unhurried and allow exposition of the importance, weight and impact of every syllable; for the words are of the utmost importance.

Top voice again omitted. Email required Address never made public. It holds its own with all other available recordings. The Galpin Society Journal Vol. 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.

In the liturgy of the Mass, the items of the Ordinary are not performed consecutively, but are separated from one another by prayers and chants. Kyfie composed all parts. Guillaume de Machaut Bowles and James McKinnon-that the only instrument admissible in the Mass during machqut 14th century was the organ. You are commenting using your WordPress. Regarding the use of instruments: Certainly the space one hears, tonally, around the voices themselves serves to heighten mood, and to emphasise the harmonies and layering again.


Missa de Notre Dame (Machaut, Guillaume de)

This is very informative. It is from their correspondence that we begin to have record of the notion of reading music from a notated score – a novel idea in the fourteenth century. My stance on this issue is changed and I have some reading to do.

Later scholarship, using the name as an entrypoint and confirmed by the use of Kyrie IV as a cantus-firmus, felt that machqut Mass was written for a Marian feast day, such as the Nativity. An example of this kind of scribally-created cycle kurie the Tournai Massso called from its appearance in a manuscript now in Tournai.

Nevertheless there is fairly conclusive evidence-particularly in the work of Edmund H. Not at all here.

Stylistically it was utterly different from the other principal liturgical polyphonic form of the time, organumin which the voices usually moved at different speeds; in conductusthe voices sang together, in a style also known as discant. New Evidence for an Old Debate.

The modern setting of the Mass would be much more spaced, using an upper voice in addition, however the cause of this could be the patriarchal nature of Medieval society, thus removing a soprano part, and the low quality of boy singers, eliminating the treble part.