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Missa Assumpta est Maria
composer
author of text
Ordinary of the Mass

Recordings
'Palestrina: The Tallis Scholars sing Palestrina' (CDGIM204)
Palestrina: The Tallis Scholars sing Palestrina
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'Sacred Music in the Renaissance, Vol. 1' (GIMBX301)
Sacred Music in the Renaissance, Vol. 1
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Movement 1: Kyrie
Track 3 on CDGIM204 CD1 [4'42] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 6 on GIMBX301 CD4 [4'42] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only
Movement 2: Gloria
Track 4 on CDGIM204 CD1 [5'40] 2CDs for the price of 1
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Movement 3: Credo
Track 5 on CDGIM204 CD1 [8'06] 2CDs for the price of 1
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Movement 4: Sanctus and Benedictus
Track 6 on CDGIM204 CD1 [5'31] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 9 on GIMBX301 CD4 [5'31] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only
Movement 5: Agnus Dei
Track 7 on CDGIM204 CD1 [5'45] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 10 on GIMBX301 CD4 [5'45] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only

Missa Assumpta est Maria
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The Missa Assumpta est Maria, based on his own motet of that name which in turn is based on a short phrase of chant, is a classic example of sonorous Palestrina, its excitement achieved in large part by doubling the sopranos and tenors. The brighter sound this high-scored six-voice (SSATTB) choir produces is then emphasized in the style of the writing, which is more chordal than usual. The parody motet Assumpta est Maria shows the way in its opening bars: the three upper voices are grouped against the three lower ones in easily audible antiphony. This late-Renaissance method is then transferred to the Mass, most obviously in the Gloria and Credo but also in the first Kyrie, where greater elaboration was more customary. The sheer verve of this music has ensured that, along with Papae Marcelli, Assumpta est Maria has remained the most performed of all Palestrina’s 107 Mass-settings.

from notes by Peter Phillips © 2005

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