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"Lost" 450-Year-Old Mass Soars on British Charts
Reuters ^ | 3/14/11 | Michael Roddy

Posted on 03/15/2011 9:30:33 AM PDT by marshmallow

LONDON (Reuters) - A sumptuous first recording of a long-lost 450-year-old Italian Renaissance mass written for 40 different vocal parts has soared onto British pop charts a week after its release.

The recording by British vocal group I Fagiolini of the little-known Alessandro Striggio's 1566 Mass for 40 Voices -- most masses are written for four -- made its debut at number 68 on the pop charts, above Bon Jovi, George Harrison and Eminem.

It was number two on the classical charts, just behind Dutch violinist waltz master Andre Rieu.

"We really worked hard so that there could be a properly magnificent and extravagant sound world for the piece to revel in," I Fagiolini's conductor and founder Robert Hollingworth, 44, who thinks the mass has a "mesmeric" quality, told Reuters in a telephone interview Sunday.

"This is not the grainy, black-and-white film, this is the full Hollywood Technicolor. I think that's why it works so well...it's like a kind of aural kaleidoscope."

The mass was performed in several major European cities when it was written but had been mis-catalogued at the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris where it was rediscovered a few years ago by musicologist Davitt Moroney, and given its first modern performance at the BBC Proms in London in 2007.

I Fagiolini and their label Decca Classics, a part of the Universal music group, spared no expense on the recording. It uses five choirs and a panoply of period instruments, from trombone-like sackbuts to the 11-stringed lirone, a cello precursor, as well as lutes, recorders and Renaissance strings.

(Excerpt) Read more at ca.reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; History; Worship
KEYWORDS: music; striggio

1 posted on 03/15/2011 9:30:34 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Thanks for the post.


2 posted on 03/15/2011 9:44:48 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: marshmallow

Here is the meat of an email about this pieces that I just now (literally 2 minutes before seeing this just now at FR) sent to a freind of mine, who is an ameteur musicologist:

Davitt Moroney discusses the genesis of Striggio’s long-lost Mass, and how he discovered it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ls_9id5ba4

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missa_sopra_Ecco_s%C3%AC_beato_giorno Loss and recovery: After Striggio’s exhausting 1567 European tour with his work, it disappeared for more than four centuries. While he left copies of it at several locations he visited – the court of Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor, the court of Albrecht V in Munich, the court of Charles IX of France – all copies had been lost. However, a copy of the mass was made in the early 17th century in France, presumably from the copy Striggio left in Paris for Charles IX. Because of several corruptions and copyist errors both on the manuscript and in the card catalogue, when the enormous document, which had been transferred to Louis XV in 1726, from the library of composer Sébastien de Brossard, and then passed to the Paris Bibliothèque nationale, the mass was attributed to an “Alessandro Strusco” and the “40 voices” had been amended to “4 voices” (presumably the copyist thought the “40” was in error, and removed the extra zero). It was only in the 21st century that the work was recovered and identified by Davitt Moroney. Its first performance in modern times was on 17 July 2007 at a Proms concert in Royal Albert Hall in London, where it was sung by the BBC Singers and Tallis Scholars, conducted by Moroney.

A commercial recording featuring voices and period instruments was released by the British ensemble I Fagiolini in March 2011:
I. Kyrie & Gloria http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bc8NYimOizU
II. Credo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPWL4awWcEw
III. Sanctus & Benedictus http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtnpN3N3wDE
IV. Agnes Dei http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrjQIuhsknM

Robert Hollingworth, director of the new recording, discusses surround sound and other technical details of the recording: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOUPv3fc6G0

Robert Hollingworth discusses the piece: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDUDWvB31lU

Robert Hollingworth’s advice to conductors regarding the piece: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vR8fyloU8IQ


3 posted on 03/15/2011 9:46:28 AM PDT by Notwithstanding
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To: marshmallow

Anyone have any idea how I can hear this?


4 posted on 03/15/2011 9:46:58 AM PDT by stansblugrassgrl (PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMUNITION!!! YEEEEEHAW!)
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To: Notwithstanding; afraidfortherepublic; knittnmom

Thanks - can’t listen to Youtube at work, so pinging for home.


5 posted on 03/15/2011 9:50:58 AM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: marshmallow

ping


6 posted on 03/15/2011 9:55:52 AM PDT by Rich21IE
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To: marshmallow

ping


7 posted on 03/15/2011 9:57:25 AM PDT by Rich21IE
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To: Notwithstanding

Thank you for posting the links to the youtube. I wasn’t finding any recording. It’s beautiful.


8 posted on 03/15/2011 9:59:08 AM PDT by stansblugrassgrl (PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMUNITION!!! YEEEEEHAW!)
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To: stansblugrassgrl

Here is the commercial site, which has some audio clips:
http://www.deccaclassics.com/html/special/striggio/index.html


9 posted on 03/15/2011 10:03:02 AM PDT by Notwithstanding
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Ping for later.


10 posted on 03/15/2011 10:04:51 AM PDT by Fractal Trader
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To: marshmallow
Ecco si Beato Giorno à 40
11 posted on 03/15/2011 10:11:21 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: Notwithstanding

Wow! I’d love to get my hands on some of those instruments. The intricacies of all the voices and instruments is amazing. What’s also amazing is finding something like this on the British record charts. I’d like to know what they are singing. I don’t speak Latin very well.


12 posted on 03/15/2011 10:24:31 AM PDT by stansblugrassgrl (PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMUNITION!!! YEEEEEHAW!)
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To: Notwithstanding; Conservaliberty

Thanks for the links...beautiful

Pinging Conservaliberty....your hubby will find this interesting


13 posted on 03/15/2011 10:39:08 AM PDT by RepRivFarm ("During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." -George Orwell)
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To: Notwithstanding

later, & thanks


14 posted on 03/15/2011 10:52:38 AM PDT by Chuckster (When I was a kid, this was a free country)
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To: marshmallow
"long-lost 450-year-old Italian Renaissance music "

And well forgotten in my opinion......... ;-)

15 posted on 03/15/2011 10:56:50 AM PDT by red tie
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To: stansblugrassgrl
They are singing the five main parts of the Mass: the Kyrie ("Lord have mercy"), the Gloria ("Glory to God in the highest"), the Credo (the Nicene Creed), the Sanctus ("Holy, holy, holy") and the Agnus Dei ("Lamb of God").

The title of the Mass is in Italian, meaning "Behold so blessed a day" and the music is based on the melody of the motet "Ecce beatam lucem" or "Behold the blessed light".

16 posted on 03/15/2011 10:58:26 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: Notwithstanding

That is some exquisite music. Thanks for sharing.


17 posted on 03/15/2011 11:00:51 AM PDT by Kommodor (Terrorist, Journalist or Democrat? I can't tell the difference.)
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To: Notwithstanding

Love the authenic instruments they show.


18 posted on 03/15/2011 11:08:16 AM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: .30Carbine; 1cewolf; 1rudeboy; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 31R1O; ADemocratNoMore; afraidfortherepublic; ...

Classical Music Ping List ping!

If you want on or off this list, let me know via FR e-mail.

Thanks.


19 posted on 03/15/2011 11:08:16 AM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: stansblugrassgrl

SanctaMissa.org has the side by side Latin and English

Index
http://sanctamissa.org/en/tutorial/ordo-missae-0.html

Prayers at the Foot of the Altar
http://sanctamissa.org/en/tutorial/ordo-missae-1.html

From the Introit to the Offertory - includes Kyrie, Gloria, Credo
http://sanctamissa.org/en/tutorial/ordo-missae-2.html

From the Offertory to the Sanctus - includes Sanctus
http://sanctamissa.org/en/tutorial/ordo-missae-3.html

Canon of the Mass
http://sanctamissa.org/en/tutorial/ordo-missae-4.html

From the Pater Noster to Communion - includes Pater Noster and Agnes Dei
http://sanctamissa.org/en/tutorial/ordo-missae-5.html

From the Ablutions to the Last Gospel
http://sanctamissa.org/en/tutorial/ordo-missae-6.html

Leonine Prayers after Low Mass - includes Ave Maria
http://sanctamissa.org/en/tutorial/ordo-missae-7.html


20 posted on 03/15/2011 12:11:37 PM PDT by Notwithstanding
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To: marshmallow

Thanks Just so beautiful!!


21 posted on 03/15/2011 1:47:19 PM PDT by johngrace (God so loved the world so he gave his only son! Praise Jesus and Hail Mary!)
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To: marshmallow; SunkenCiv

THX MM for the post. The article is fascinating, & I cant wait to hear the piece.


22 posted on 03/15/2011 6:28:18 PM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: marshmallow

Thanks for the ping. I used to perform a lot of Renaissance music. What an interesting project this would have been!


23 posted on 03/15/2011 8:07:37 PM PDT by keepitreal ( Good manners never go out of style)
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To: marshmallow

Interesting. Thanks for posting.


24 posted on 03/16/2011 9:27:45 AM PDT by alarm rider (The left will always tell you who they fear the most. What are they telling you now?)
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To: marshmallow
Those appreciating this work will definitely want to listen to "Vespers of 1610" (Vespro della Beata Vergine 1610) by Claudio Monteverdi, in my opinion one of the greatest classical compositions of all time.

Of course, on this ping list, I'm probably just preaching to the choir.

25 posted on 03/18/2011 12:32:28 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 34 days from outliving Brandon Tarkikoff)
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