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Missa Praeter rerum seriem
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Ordinary of the Mass

Recordings
'Rore: Missa Praeter rerum seriem' (CDGIM029)
Rore: Missa Praeter rerum seriem
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'The Tallis Scholars sing Flemish Masters' (CDGIM211)
The Tallis Scholars sing Flemish Masters
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'Sacred Music in the Renaissance, Vol. 2' (GIMBX302)
Sacred Music in the Renaissance, Vol. 2
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Details
Movement 1: Kyrie
Movement 2: Gloria
Movement 3: Credo
Movement 4: Sanctus and Benedictus
Movement 5: Agnus Dei

Missa Praeter rerum seriem
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In one sense very little of Rore’s Mass is original composition, yet he parodies his model so resourcefully that the stated material seems to take on new perspectives. To Josquin’s original six voices Rore added an extra soprano part. He then turned one of the existing parts, the first alto, into a long-note cantus firmus line which sings the words ‘Hercules secundus dux Ferrarie quartus vivit et vivet’ throughout to the devotional song melody quoted by Josquin. Rore’s extra soprano line gives a new colour to the writing, creating a brighter sonority which seems to take the music out of the middle Renaissance period altogether, even occasionally hinting at the Baroque. The passage at ‘Et in unum Dominum Iesum Christum’ in the Credo is almost pure Monteverdi.

The most impressive writing of all comes at the start of each of Rore’s Mass movements, where he develops the magisterial opening of Josquin’s motet. In the Kyrie Josquin’s version is given almost straight for lower voices, though Rore adds a new line in the second alto. In the Gloria an inversion of Josquin’s ascending scale is used alongside its original; this occurs again in the Credo in a more ornate form. But it is only in the Sanctus and Agnus Dei that the full potential of Rore’s two soprano parts becomes apparent in the context of this phrase, which seems to have expanded and broadened. The Sanctus opens with long rhapsodic lines in a widely-spaced sonority; the Agnus Dei goes a stage further in involving all the voices from the outset and for the first time underpinning everything with a statement of the song. In general the song is not heard until a movement or a section is well under way, when the extreme length of its notes effectively prevents it from blending into the texture. Only in two reduced-voice passages, the ‘Pleni’ and ‘Benedictus’ (both in the Sanctus), is it omitted altogether.

from notes by Peter Phillips ę 1994

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Details for CDGIM029 track 5
Sanctus and Benedictus
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ISRC
GB-ADM-94-00005
Duration
6'02
Recording date
Recording venue
Salle Church, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Steve C Smith & Peter Phillips
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs
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  1. Rore: Missa Praeter rerum seriem (CDGIM029)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: September 1994
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