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This is a recording of a solemn celebration of a High Mass, made in the Cathedral of Reims, which is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The pieces of the Ordinary (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus, and Ite missa est) are those composed by Machault, his Messe de Nostre Dame.
The pieces of the Proper (Introit, Gradual, Alleluia, Prose, Offertory, and Communion) are those for the Feast of the Assumption.A votive Mass honouring Mary, the Saturday Lady Mass, was to become a regular and a popular feature of medieval and later liturgy, both in Reims and elsewhere, and since the Feast of the Assumption (15th August) happened to fall on a Saturday in the year of Machaults death, it presented itself as a particularly suitable choice.
The altar of the Rouelle having long disappeared, the altar in the east end of the building was chosen for the celebration, where the full beauty of the Cathedrals acoustics could best be appreciated.
|1||06:02||Introit: Gaudeamus omnes in Domino|
|2||06:01||Kyrie (Messe de Nostre Dame)|
|3||04:21||Gloria (Messe de Nostre Dame)|
|4||01:21||Collect: Veneranda nobis, Domine|
|5||03:29||Epistle: Lectio libri Sapientiæ|
|6||12:41||Gradual and Alleluia: Audi filia|
|7||05:04||Prose: Area virga|
|8||02:16||Gospel: In illo tempore|
|9||06:31||Creed: Credo in unum Deum|
|10||03:09||Offertory: Ave Maria, gratia plena|
|11||03:44||Motet 23: Felix virgo/Inviolata genitrix|
|12||04:14||Orate fratres: Secret and Preface|
|13||04:06||Sanctus and Benedictus (Messe de Nostre Dame)|
|14||02:10||Canon: Hanc igitur – Consecration|
|16||03:04||Agnus Dei (Messe de Nostre Dame)|
|17||01:30||Communion: Dilexisti iusticiam|
|18||01:24||Postcommunion: Mense celestis|
|19||01:04||Ite missa est (Messe de Nostre Dame) and Deo gracias|