Messa a quattro voci alla Palestrina

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  • (Posted 2021-11-27)  CPDL #66896:   
Editor: William Evans (submitted 2021-11-27).   Score information: A4, 44 pages, 1.59 MB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Performance edition by William Evans, 2021. Transcribed from a digitized manuscript c.1794-1807 in the Bibliothèque nationale de France: Durante, Francesco (1684-1755), Messa a 4o Voci alla Palestrina, Del Sign.r Francesco Durante.

My thanks to for providing this resource online.

Original key and note values. Tempo markings and courtesy accidentals in brackets are editorial.

Interestingly, the descending theme of the polyphony used at the beginning of the Christe and again throughout the mass is reminiscent of 'By the waters of Babylon' by Philip Hayes (1738-1797).

General Information

Title: Messa a 4
Composer: Francesco Durante
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMass

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published:

This piece has been misattributed to Leonardo Leo in Fondo Sanvitale, Sanv.C.33/I-XI, in the Sezione musicale della Biblioteca Palatina di Parma through

Catalogue entry for this transcription:

Digital images:;2

Version from MDZ, (no Gloria) München, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek - 567:,1

Original text and translations

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

KyrieGloriaCredoSanctus & BenedictusAgnus Dei