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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Three soloists repeat music with some ornamentation. Regarding the use of instruments: There was nothing – a repeating motive, or a similarity in compositional style – that tied the individual parts together. 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 lines.

Views Read Edit View history. Machaut added a contratenor voice that machsut in the same low range as the tenorsometimes replacing it as the lowest voice.

Full choir sings in polyphony. Thank you for replying. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Three soloists again sing with ornamentation.

Given the fact that the Messe de Notre Dame is also one of the longest extant works from the Middle Ages, there machauh real potential for a lack of cohesion in such an approach.

Skip to content Guillaume de Machaut is the most important poet and composer of the 14th century, with a lasting history of influence. There are currently fewer than a dozen recordings in the catalog; these do not machakt the one by Noah Greenberg and the New York Pro Musica, an iconic recording central to the early mmachaut revival.

Machaut’s unification of these items into an artistic whole is the earliest instance of an Ordinary of the Mass setting that is stylistically coherent and was also conceived as a unit. While they are somewhat difficult to be sung they are well within the skills of a trained professional singer.

I prefer all male ensembles, singing one voice to a part, and this is not that kind of group. You macyaut commenting using your WordPress.

Other scholars believe that it was a written for performance during kyie Masses endowed through a fund provided by Guillaume Machaut and his brother and in their honor.


According to a rubric found at the Cathedral, it would have likely been performed for the Saturday Lady Mass.

Machaut’s Messe de Nostre Dame : an overview

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. TEXTURE texture is restricted to four voices that complement each other harmonically, and as earlier suggested, accentuates the harmonic structures through its neutrality. Do you have any supporting evidence for this rather bold statement?

Three soloists sing new music polyphonically with ornamentation. 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 kyyrie Marian feast day, such as the Nativity.

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In his later years he began a relationship with a young woman named Peronne. Naxos Early Music-Alte Musik 8. 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. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Where the Kyrie is homogeneous in texture, without much need for articulation mahaut 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.

The recording — which is crisp and atmospheric — was made in a low-ceilinged location at the Abbey of Fontevraud.

Messe de Nostre Dame (Guillaume de Machaut)

The Gloria and Credo have no apparent chant basis, although they are stylistically related to one another. Guillaume de Machaut and Reims: PITCH This is perhaps myrie the element of music that is given the greatest emphasis in the macjaut of the mass, and it where most ground is broke in this piece.

Such understatement does not detract from the polyphony in the Gloria and Credo, where the words obviously help to shape the music; but in the other movements, the lack of inflexion soon leads to a feeling of sameness that is not dispelled by some imaginative touches elsewhere.


The foundational music of Christian worship in medieval Europe was Gregorian chantwhich was monophonica single melodic line without accompaniment. Maachaut playing this file? This, again, neutralises the timbre, where articulation as required by singing words may interfere somewhat with the harmonic palette. Biographical details also allow the works to be placed in a social context.

Singers would draw on these small collections to compile the music needed ykrie a specific service. Since even before Machaut’s time, Mass settings would be always performed solely by voice, and only until the development of the pipe organ did the concept of instrumental accompaniment to the consistent vocal timbre.

Messe de Nostre Dame – Wikipedia

This is very informative. The musical evidence contains nothing to contradict the available kgrie evidence which suggests that the Machaut Mass is purely vocal.

This form of Mass setting, of polyphony versus unison or organum had come to rise only in jyrie century, though its development has its roots in gregorian chant and organum.

The first scholars felt that it was written for the coronation of Charles V in Compositions by Guillaume de Machaut Medieval music Masses music.

By Guillaume de Machaut, midi instrumental version. Where most movements see the use of rhythmic texturing, and a lack of rhythmic mschaut that complement each other quite well, the Gloria and Credo sees for the most part unified rhythm.

There have been dozens for recordings of the complete Mass and even more incomplete recordings, but most are out of print today. This acoustic enhances the music-making. New Evidence for an Old Debate. The Gloria and Credo have no apparent chant basis, although they are stylistically related to one another.

Recorded machahtthe group was at the peak of their power as a small vocal ensemble, and this is still one of the better versions available.