Missa pro defunctis (Jean Richafort)
- Editor: Andrew Fysh (submitted 2022-09-25). Score information: A4, 64 pages, 1.06 MB Copyright: CC BY SA
- Edition notes: Transposed one tone lower, otherwise identical to CPDL #58061 below.
- Editor: Andrew Fysh (submitted 2022-09-25). Score information: A4, 64 pages, 1.04 MB Copyright: CC BY SA
- Edition notes: Transposed one tone higher, otherwise identical to CPDL #58061 below.
- • MP3 files I. Introitus: II. Kyrie: III. Graduale: IV. Offertorium: V. Sanctus & Benedictus: VI. Agnus Dei: VII. Communio:
- Editor: Andrew Fysh (submitted 2020-04-19). Score information: A4, 64 pages, 1003 kB Copyright: CC BY SA
- Edition notes: At original notated pitch (for SATTTB, SATTBB or ATTTBB). Original note values retained. Transcribed and edited from all four sources listed below. Completely revised edition and MP3 files uploaded 25 September 2022.
Title: Missa pro defunctis (Requiem in memoriam Josquin des Prez)
Composer: Jean Richafort
Number of voices: 6vv Voicings: SATTTB, SATTBB or ATTTBB
Genre: Sacred, Requiem, Mass
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1532 in Viginti missarum musicalium (Pierre Attaingnant), Volume 6, no. 1
Manuscript c.1520–30, Duomo, Biblioteca e Archivio Capitolare di Modena, Modena, MS Mus. X
Manuscript c.1555–63, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, München, Mus. MS 46
Manuscript 1559, Leiden, Archieven van de Kerken, Ms. 1440 (Koorboek III / Codex C) — misattributed to Josquin des Prez
Description: One of the most ingenious and complex settings of the Requiem mass from the High Renaissance. Richafort combines chant paraphrase and freely composed counterpoint with a canon that quotes from two of Josquin des Prez's secular works — Faulte d'argent and Nimphes, nappés. Although no historical evidence supports any direct linkage between this work and Josquin's death in 1521, Richafort's setting was nonetheless clearly intended as a memorial to the great master who was also believed to be his mentor or teacher. See Editorial Notes to CPDL #58061 above for further discussion.
Original text and translations
For information, refer to the Requiem page. For texts and translations, see the individual pages:
- Intr: Requiem • Kyrie • Gr: Si ambulem • Off: Domine Jesu Christe • Sanctus & Benedictus • Agnus Dei • Comm: Lux aeterna
Richafort's setting follows the Parisian Rite, which contains minor variances in the text of the Introitus and Offertorium (see CPDL #58061 above for full texts and translations), and includes the Graduale ‘Si ambulem’ between the Kyrie and Offertorium.
In addition, two motifs from works by Josquin are sung throughout by the canonic voices:
- Circumdederunt me (from the Office of the Dead but also a cantus firmus in Nimphes, nappés) ...
| Latin text
Circumdederunt me gemitus mortis,
| English translation|
The groanings of death have surrounded me:
- ... and a line from Faulte d'argent:
| French text
C'est douleur non pareille.
| English translation|
… 'tis a sorrow without equal.
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