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Missa Viri Galilaei
6vv; 1601; Missarum liber duodecimus, Venice
author of text
Ordinary of the Mass

'Palestrina: Missa O rex gloriae & Missa Viri Galilaei' (CDH55335)
Palestrina: Missa O rex gloriae & Missa Viri Galilaei
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Movement 1: Kyrie
Movement 2: Gloria
Movement 3: Credo
Movement 4: Sanctus and Benedictus
Movement 5: Agnus Dei

Missa Viri Galilaei
The Mass on Viri Galilaei makes relatively little use of the homophonic writing of its model (perhaps strange when one considers the extent of its use in the motet), exploring instead the contrapuntal possibilities inherent in the scalic figures of the motet’s ‘Alleluia’—these appear early in the Kyrie. When reference is made to the static passages of the motet, it tends to be of an inexact nature, though it is always entirely clear. This is the case with the Kyrie’s reference to ‘Hic Jesus’: the reminiscence is quite detectable, but the counterpoint is more developed.

As with the four-part Missa O rex gloriae, there is a scalic point to highlight ‘Jesu Christe’ in the Gloria, though here it is even more pronounced and remarkable in the context of the surrounding stasis. The contrasting of different groups of voices is also carried over into the Mass, particularly in the Gloria and Credo in which the volume of text demands contrast. The meditative quartet at the ‘Crucifixus’ is particularly beautiful, seeming to contain the essence of the text of the Creed. The Agnus Dei is in a similar vein, being a calm remembrance of the motet, but turning the original descending scales into ascending ones.

from notes by Ivan Moody 1989

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Details for CDA66316 track 6
Sanctus and Benedictus
Recording date
24 June 1988
Recording venue
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Palestrina: Missa O rex gloriae & Missa Viri Galilaei (CDA66316)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: May 1989
    Deletion date: October 2007
    Superseded by CDH55335
  2. Palestrina: Missa O rex gloriae & Missa Viri Galilaei (CDH55335)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: May 2010
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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