Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli
|Addresse||373 Ann St|
|At||St John's Cathedral, Brisbane|
|County||Australia @ (AU)|
373 Ann St
St John's Cathedral, Brisbane
Australia @ (AU)
Mass in the Eclectic Mode I: Palestrina - Missa Papae Marcelli In our worship at St John's Cathedral, we celebrate the great diversity of liturgical music, featuring mass settings, anthems, canticles, and other music that spans many centuries, from the Middle Ages to freshly-penned works by contemporary composers. To highlight the breadth of this great musical heritage, we will showcase a number of these mass settings in full. This Sunday (25 February) at the 9.30am Choral Eucharist, we are transported to sixteenth-century Rome, as the Cathedral Choir presents the 'Missa Papae Marcelli' by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c.1525-1594). Palestrina, who served as the Director of the Cappella Giulia at St Peter's Basilica, composed the mass in honour of Pope Marcellus II, who reigned for only three weeks before his death in 1555.
While a long-persisting rumour that the straightforward, declamatory style of this very mass saved polyphonic music from being abolished by the Council of Trent seems to have no basis in fact, it has long been held up as a model for those studying the Renaissance polyphonic style. To complement this setting, the choir will also present 'Ne irascaris Domine', a highly expressive penitential motet by Palestrina's younger English contemporary, William Byrd (c.1543-1623). We look forward to seeing you there.
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