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Missa Pange lingua
? after 1514; based on the Corpus Christi plainchant Hymn; 4vv
author of text
Ordinary of the Mass

'Josquin: Missa Pange lingua & other works' (CDH55374)
Josquin: Missa Pange lingua & other works
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'Josquin: Missa Pange lingua & Missa La sol fa re mi' (CDGIM009)
Josquin: Missa Pange lingua & Missa La sol fa re mi
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'Josquin: The Tallis Scholars sing Josquin' (CDGIM206)
Josquin: The Tallis Scholars sing Josquin
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'Renaissance Giants' (CDGIM207)
Renaissance Giants
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Movement 1: Kyrie
Movement 2: Gloria
Movement 3: Credo
Movement 4: Sanctus and Benedictus
Movement 4a: Sanctus
Movement 4b: Benedictus
Movement 5: Agnus Dei

Missa Pange lingua
Plainchant lies at the heart of the Missa Pange lingua, but in this case the foundation melody, the Corpus Christi Hymn ‘Pange lingua gloriosi’, has been so thoroughly absorbed into Josquin’s music that only the sharp-eared will be alert to its presence. Where many Masses based on chant keep the parent melody in the foreground, Josquin instead uses its contours to govern only the progress of the melodic lines, with all manner of infilling and rhythmic elaboration added to camouflage its essential shape. Possibly the appeal of the work to modern audiences—it is Josquin’s most performed Mass—lies precisely in the way its variety and unity are kept in equilibrium: for all the music’s richness of invention, everything is contained within clearly perceptible bounds of possibility. Only the very opening of the Hymn melody stubbornly retains its identity: it sets each of the five movements in motion, and sometimes recurs at major structural divisions in the text: at ‘Qui tollis peccata mundi’ in the Gloria, for example, ‘Crucifixus’ in the Credo, and at the head of all three invocations of the Agnus Dei.

from notes by John Milsom © 1992

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Details for CDGIM206 disc 1 track 2
Recording date
Recording venue
Merton College Chapel, Oxford, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Steve C Smith & Peter Phillips
Recording engineer
Mike Clements
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  1. Josquin: Missa Pange lingua & Missa La sol fa re mi (CDGIM009)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: February 1986
  2. Josquin: The Tallis Scholars sing Josquin (CDGIM206)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: March 2006
    2CDs for the price of 1
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