Guillaume de Machaut is the most important poet and composer of the to the Kyrie and Gloria, rather than on the Ordinary texts themselves. 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. Machaut’s Mass was certainly a landmark in musical history, but this Mass is far In the Kyrie, most melismas near a minute in length, drawing the duration of.

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Why Guillaume composed it has been subject of a heated debate in musicological circles for some time. Mark Sealey, MusicWeb International. These pieces borrow from other styles, especially the motetthe nascent polyphonic secular song, and the conductusa genre otherwise fading from the scene. Messe de Nostre Dame”.

Machaut utilised one of the 12 modes available in Ars Nova, which, to Western ears, sounds Medieval, yet at the same time, the progressions are similar to what more modern classical music would have utilised, and certainly seems a little more volatile, and less cliched.

Machaut’s Messe de Nostre Dame : an overview – Musica Kaleidoskopea

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.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. This machauy enhances the music-making. Would love to hear back. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: All of these masses are anonymous, and musicological scholarship indicates that all of them are compilations of the works of several composers.

The hunchbacked and elderly Machaut appears to have truly been in love, a love that was unrequited. It has remained an important and influential work to this day. Retrieved from ” https: So it is that Dominique Vellard and the singers of the Ensemble Gilles Binchois make serenity, sweetness almost — and lyricism — amongst the abiding characteristics of which you are aware as you listen to their interpretation. There was nothing – a repeating motive, or a similarity in compositional style – that tied the individual parts together.


The musical evidence contains nothing to contradict the available historical evidence which suggests that the Machaut Mass macgaut purely vocal.

List of compositions by Guillaume de Machaut. View all posts by f. However, at least within the movements, different volumes of text needed to be sung gives way for more variation in expression, to accomodate for a sparsity of syllables to sing, or a large amount of syllables to sing.

Machaut’s Messe de Nostre Dame : an overview

No attempt to submerge or efface their vocal personalities. Problems playing this file? Compositions by Guillaume de Machaut Medieval music Masses music. While they are somewhat difficult to be sung they are well machakt the skills of a trained professional singer. Perhaps because two or three generations ago it sounded so splendid, new — exotic, almost.

The recording — which is crisp and atmospheric — was made in a low-ceilinged location at the Abbey of Fontevraud. Although the textures which the ensemble consistently achieves are sonorous, they are neither fanciful, nor over-rich.

Polyphonic settings of sections of the Ordinary of the Mass are found in an eleventh-century manuscript known as the Winchester Troperbut these focus on tropes added to the Kyrie and Gloriarather than on the Ordinary texts themselves. He had a small home attached to the cathedral and from there devoted himself to writing music and poetry. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

There have been dozens for recordings of the complete Mass and even more incomplete recordings, but most are out of print today. Three soloists repeat music with some ornamentation. Guillaume de Machaut and Reims: In general, most probably because of convention, or, in dynamics’ case, to further emphasise the harmonic qualities of the music through neutrality, expressive techniques seem to be more up to the performer than the composer, and dynamic variation is non-existent.


Listening Chart Guillaume de Machaut: Machaut added a contratenor voice that moved in the same low range as the tenor, sometimes replacing it as the lowest voice. Machaut’s Messe de Nostre Dame is for four voices rather than the more common three. Notify me of new comments via email. By Guillaume de Machaut, midi instrumental version.

The other four movements of Machaut’s mass are composed in motet style with mass text. Precisely analogous figures appear in these voices and in the other two voices elsewhere in both movements at mcahaut 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.

The Gloria and Credo have no apparent chant basis, although they are stylistically related to one another. Machaut composed all parts. It is uncertain if the manuscripts collected together various settings of sections of the Mass macbaut if they were intended to be performed as a whole.

Where kurie Kyrie is homogeneous in texture, without much need for articulation and 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 foundational music of Christian worship in medieval Europe was Gregorian kyirewhich was monophonica single melodic line without accompaniment.

The Gloria and Credo have no apparent chant basis, although they are stylistically related to one another. Three soloists again sing with ornamentation. New Evidence for an Old Debate.