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Post by Steven Bontempi on May 24, 2015

Number Three:  "Josquin: Missa Pange L..." The YouTube account associated with this video has been terminated due to multiple third-party notifications of copyright infringement.

This lecture series is becoming less and less valuable when the audio examples are not available.

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Post by Steven Bontempi on May 24, 2015

Another problem with a YouTube selection.  This is becoming a problem.

"Machaut: Messe de Nostre Da..." The YouTube account associated with this video has been terminated due to multiple third-party notifications of copyright infringement.

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Post by Vongani Bevula on May 29, 2013

What techniques did these guys use to unify the cyclis masses.

The Mass

  • Centered on Mass Ordinary (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnes Dei)
  • Composers attempted ways to unify settings of the mass
  • Cantus Firmus Mass: using same cantus firmus (chant line) for each movement
  • Motto Mass: same head motive at beginning of each movement
  • Parody Mass: using other compositions (sutting/pasting) into each movement
  • Also utilized canons, which are melodies with one or more imitations
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Y1O-BcZQwY
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TavBr-ZjXc

The Mass

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Let's Go to Church! 0:22
    • The Catholic Church is at the Center of Western Classical Music
    • Two Types of Masses: Mass Ordinary and Mass Proper
  • Let's Go to Church! 1:03
    • Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnes Dei
  • Mass in the Renaissance 2:38
    • Polyphonic Settings of Complete Mass Ordinary
    • Chant is Still There
    • Cantus Firmus: The Chant Line
    • Masses Organized around the Cantus Firmus
    • Other Voices Newly Composed
    • Recall Substitute Clausulae
  • Three Types of Cyclic Mass 4:44
    • Cantus Firmus Mass
    • Cants Firmus in the Tenor
    • Branched Out to Other Voices
    • Chant Melody Chopped, Sliced, Omitted
    • Leading Composers: Dufay, Machaut, Dunstable
    • Motto Mass
    • Start with Identical Motive at Beginning of Each Motive
    • Generally Homophonic
    • Leading Composers: Dufay, Ockeghem
  • Three Types of Cyclic Mass 9:45
    • Parody Mass Became Most Popular
    • More Freely Composed
    • Used Pre-existing Textures from Another Work
    • Freer Counterpoint and Imitation and Rhythmic Innovation
    • Imitation: One Voice Mimics Another
  • Ok, So What's Really Going On? 12:57
    • Composers Were Gaining More Freedom
    • How Math Played a Role in Innovation
    • Canons
    • Inversion
    • Retrograde
    • Diminution
    • Augmentation
    • Puzzle Canon
    • Musical Palindromes
  • Review, Some Important People and Terms 18:00
    • Early Mass: Machaut
    • Mid Mass: Dufay and Ockeghem
    • Late Mass: Josquin and Palestrina
    • Cantus Firmus: Chant Melody Line in Tenor
    • Imitation: One Voice Mimics Another
    • Canon: Melody with One or More Imitations
    • Each Generation of Renaissance Composer Created New Methods to Write Freer Masses
    • Three Main Types of Cyclic Masses: Cantus Firmus, Motto, Parody