Missa Ad Fugam (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

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  • (Posted 2017-04-05)  CPDL #43904:     
Editor: Brian Emig (submitted 2017-04-05).   Score information: Letter, 30 pages, 317 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: A minor 3rd lower (E mixolydian), 4/4 time

General Information

Title: Missa Ad Fugam
Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Number of voices: 4(-5)vv   Voicing: SATB, Agnus Dei II is SAATB
Genre: SacredMass

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1567 in Missarum liber secundus, no. 4
    2nd published: 1845 on Recueil des morceaux de musique ancienne, as "Missa canonica", Volume 9, no. 100
Description: This mass is canonic ("ad fugam") throughout, written in either 1 or 2 two voices from which the remainder derive by means of a canon. In the 4 part sections (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Osanna, Agnus Dei I) the alto is followed by the soprano a fourth higher a semibrevis (in the Osanna a brevis) apart, the tenor a fourth higher than the bass and following by a semibrevis (in the Osanna a brevis). In the 3 part Pleni the tenor follows the Bass a fourth higher and a semibrevis apart, the alto follows the tenor a fifth higher and a brevis later. In the Benedictus all 3 voices are 2 breves apart and enter a fifth lower. The final Agnus Dei II for 5 voices has two canons: the tenor follows the bass a fourth higher and a semibrevis apart, and the alto I is followed by the alto II in unison six semibreves later with the soprano following the alto II in the usual pattern, a fourth higher and a semibrevis apart.

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Original text and translations

For information, refer to the Mass page. For texts and translations, see the individual pages:

KyrieGloriaCredoSanctus & BenedictusAgnus Dei