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  • Music for St James the Greater | The Binchois Consort
    majorem its colourful text recounting well known miracles of Saint James see for example Jacobus de Voragine s The Golden Legend has long been associated with the Mass on the basis of the clearly audible stylistic similarities between the two works Ernest Trumble has pointed out the possible further significance of the fact that following the Mass which they would have attended before departing from the church for Compostela pilgrims would have had their staffs or bourdons blessed Thus this final item of ritual before departure would have followed the communion whose text is set in Dufay s Mass in the parallel motion technique known as fauxbourdon The possible punning significance of the use of this technique in a Mass for the pilgrim saint has not been lost on scholars in the past but a scenario such as this would give it a powerful extra charge However the liturgical evidence of the choice of Propers in Dufay s Mass is far from clear and Barbara Haggh has suggested rather that Dufay may have composed the Mass for Auclou elsewhere possibly in Rome or Bologna The latter was proposed some years ago by Alejandro Planchart as a possible site for the composition of the Mass Certainly Dufay and Auclou whose careers were further intertwined through shared associations with the Papal Court Cambrai Cathedral and St Donatian s Bruges were both in Bologna in the later 1420s in the orbit of the papal legate there Cardinal Louis Aleman Thus the motet could have been composed in Bologna either with the Mass or as a later appendage to it Much has traditionally been made of the stylistic variety encompassed by the nine movements of this Mass cycle something which has been seen as a likely reflection of composition in a series of stylistic layers Such a division seems to be articulated by the Mass s manuscript sources the first three Ordinary movements albeit in somewhat garbled readings in the Trent Codices the complete Ordinary labelled de apostolis in the Aosta Codex and finally the entire Mass in the Bologna manuscript Q15 Further grist for the same mill has been drawn from Dufay s varied approaches to borrowed chants tenor statements of appropriate chant melodies in the Sanctus and Agnus Dei versus absence of obvious chant references in the first three Ordinary movements with one exception each third section of the Kyrie paraphrases the Kyrie chant Cunctipotens a melody usually associated with feasts of apostles By contrast the first three Proper sections which are generally more elaborate than their Ordinary counterparts are each built solidly on chant paraphrases in the tenor Finally outside the whole scheme stands the fauxbourdon Communion its chant laid out in parallel fourths in the two upper parts However the mill has undoubtedly been driven by anachronistic assumptions as David Fallows has noted establishment of standardized procedures for musically linking the movements of a polyphonic Mass was still some way off at the time the Mass for Saint James the Greater was composed It may rather be more fruitful to see the Mass s stylistic diversity as a reflection of liturgical considerations Proper movements separating Ordinary movements with in turn the Sanctus and Agnus Dei parts of the Eucharist per se standing apart from the Ordinary sections Kyrie Gloria Credo which preceded it Such a view may draw support from the presence of the sort of brief repeated ideas identified by Fallows at various points in the Mass precisely the sort of motivic common ground which one might expect to have resulted from an uninterrupted span of composition Diverting in the abstract however concern with such details dissipates as soon as we enter the sound world of the music To experience the profundity of Dufay s Mass with at least to modern voices and ears its broad consistency of vision is quickly to see surface detail blend into the whole to the point that it almost seems prudent simply to let the music speak for itself A few observations will suffice The texture of the Mass for Saint James the Greater is typically one of finely chiselled rhetorical gestures passing from voice to voice Always far above the routine this sometimes as in the Alleluia rises to a pitch of heightened eloquence As in the same composer s Mass for St Anthony of Padua performed by The Binchois Consort on Helios CDH55271 it is in the Offertory the moment at which we are ushered into the liturgy of the Eucharist proper where this expression reaches its summit As in all the most deeply affecting music of its age the pacing in this movement seems wonderfully judged the extraordinary interlocking triadic figures between the upper voices at sonus eorum providing a fitting prelude to the concluding alternations of shared melodic phrases on the verba eorum which brings this remarkable movement to a close At the other end of the expressive scale and also as in the St Anthony Mass it is in the Hosanna of the Sanctus where this deep contemplation is finally released in what are perhaps the most expansive musical gestures of the Mass It is surely not too fanciful to see in the Mass for Saint James the Greater a mirror of the spiritual journey of the Mass itself from dignified preparation through mystical enactment to fulfilment and final peroration It is possible that the motet Rite majorem was intended for a liturgical performance in close association with that of the Mass Planchart has observed that the text of the motet with its life and miracles format closely mirrors the similar text of the Prose for St Nicholas Sospitati dedit A parody of the latter frequently did duty as the Vespers prose for St James and it may be that a similar purpose was envisaged for Rite majorem This is a tightly structured motet its lower voices presenting the same melodic succession and two statements of a rhythmic pattern in each half while an isorhythmic scheme heard twice

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  • Music for St Anthony of Padua | The Binchois Consort
    himself there was a dinner at the expense of his estate The will also specifies polyphonic performances after compline on the eve of the feast of the response Si queris miracula and the motet O sidus Hispaniae Since settings by Dufay of both these texts survive they were presumably the works performed for this occasion A performance of the latter a dramatically imposing work in four parts and bearing two texts O sidus Hispaniae and O proles Hispaniae concludes this recording The text of O proles Hispaniae can be seen beneath the image of St Anthony in the Flemish miniature which adorns the cover of this booklet Like all Mass endowments those ordained by Dufay s will were to continue until the end of time We cannot know for how many years even centuries annual performances of his great Mass for St Anthony persisted in practice All we can be sure of is the point when as for so many of the great religious houses of France the building which had sheltered it reached its sorry end In 1796 the great Cathedral of Cambrai the architectural jewel of the north was sold and dismantled With this single act of revolutionary zeal the music of Cambrai Cathedral like its great bells themselves was silenced for ever For many years it was believed that the Mass for St Anthony of Padua had been lost Quotations by the theorist Tinctoris from a collection of Mass Ordinary movements Kyrie Gloria Credo Sanctus and Agnus Dei ascribed to Dufay in a manuscript in Trent Italy refer to them as excerpts from the Mass of St Anthony However this was long thought to be the composer s Mass for St Anthony Abbot also referred to in his will About fifteen years ago however this assumption was proven to be mistaken David Fallows demonstrated that examples in a later treatise by Giovanni Spataro from Dufay s Missa de Sancto Antonio de Padua were drawn from the same work From Spataro then it was clear that at least parts of the Mass for St Anthony of Padua had survived Yet the fact that this was a Mass for a particular saint implied that it also originally included Proper movements setting texts dedicated specifically to that saint Although no such movements ascribed to Dufay had survived a great deal of circumstantial information pointed to an anonymously copied collection of Propers for St Anthony of Padua in another Trent manuscript Here again Fallows was able to marshal evidence from Spataro the theorist refers to a very unusual change of mensuration time signature in the verse of Dufay s Mass for St Anthony of Padua Exactly this change occurs in the verse of the Gradual in the Trent cycle Various other pieces of information pointed in the same direction This group of movements shares its manuscript with fifteen other Proper cycles many of which are also apparently by Dufay The evidence for this claim is complicated but includes a handful of

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  • Music for St Anthony of Padua | The Binchois Consort
    himself there was a dinner at the expense of his estate The will also specifies polyphonic performances after compline on the eve of the feast of the response Si queris miracula and the motet O sidus Hispaniae Since settings by Dufay of both these texts survive they were presumably the works performed for this occasion A performance of the latter a dramatically imposing work in four parts and bearing two texts O sidus Hispaniae and O proles Hispaniae concludes this recording The text of O proles Hispaniae can be seen beneath the image of St Anthony in the Flemish miniature which adorns the cover of this booklet Like all Mass endowments those ordained by Dufay s will were to continue until the end of time We cannot know for how many years even centuries annual performances of his great Mass for St Anthony persisted in practice All we can be sure of is the point when as for so many of the great religious houses of France the building which had sheltered it reached its sorry end In 1796 the great Cathedral of Cambrai the architectural jewel of the north was sold and dismantled With this single act of revolutionary zeal the music of Cambrai Cathedral like its great bells themselves was silenced for ever For many years it was believed that the Mass for St Anthony of Padua had been lost Quotations by the theorist Tinctoris from a collection of Mass Ordinary movements Kyrie Gloria Credo Sanctus and Agnus Dei ascribed to Dufay in a manuscript in Trent Italy refer to them as excerpts from the Mass of St Anthony However this was long thought to be the composer s Mass for St Anthony Abbot also referred to in his will About fifteen years ago however this assumption was proven to be mistaken David Fallows demonstrated that examples in a later treatise by Giovanni Spataro from Dufay s Missa de Sancto Antonio de Padua were drawn from the same work From Spataro then it was clear that at least parts of the Mass for St Anthony of Padua had survived Yet the fact that this was a Mass for a particular saint implied that it also originally included Proper movements setting texts dedicated specifically to that saint Although no such movements ascribed to Dufay had survived a great deal of circumstantial information pointed to an anonymously copied collection of Propers for St Anthony of Padua in another Trent manuscript Here again Fallows was able to marshal evidence from Spataro the theorist refers to a very unusual change of mensuration time signature in the verse of Dufay s Mass for St Anthony of Padua Exactly this change occurs in the verse of the Gradual in the Trent cycle Various other pieces of information pointed in the same direction This group of movements shares its manuscript with fifteen other Proper cycles many of which are also apparently by Dufay The evidence for this claim is complicated but includes a handful of

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  • Music for St Anthony of Padua | The Binchois Consort
    himself there was a dinner at the expense of his estate The will also specifies polyphonic performances after compline on the eve of the feast of the response Si queris miracula and the motet O sidus Hispaniae Since settings by Dufay of both these texts survive they were presumably the works performed for this occasion A performance of the latter a dramatically imposing work in four parts and bearing two texts O sidus Hispaniae and O proles Hispaniae concludes this recording The text of O proles Hispaniae can be seen beneath the image of St Anthony in the Flemish miniature which adorns the cover of this booklet Like all Mass endowments those ordained by Dufay s will were to continue until the end of time We cannot know for how many years even centuries annual performances of his great Mass for St Anthony persisted in practice All we can be sure of is the point when as for so many of the great religious houses of France the building which had sheltered it reached its sorry end In 1796 the great Cathedral of Cambrai the architectural jewel of the north was sold and dismantled With this single act of revolutionary zeal the music of Cambrai Cathedral like its great bells themselves was silenced for ever For many years it was believed that the Mass for St Anthony of Padua had been lost Quotations by the theorist Tinctoris from a collection of Mass Ordinary movements Kyrie Gloria Credo Sanctus and Agnus Dei ascribed to Dufay in a manuscript in Trent Italy refer to them as excerpts from the Mass of St Anthony However this was long thought to be the composer s Mass for St Anthony Abbot also referred to in his will About fifteen years ago however this assumption was proven to be mistaken David Fallows demonstrated that examples in a later treatise by Giovanni Spataro from Dufay s Missa de Sancto Antonio de Padua were drawn from the same work From Spataro then it was clear that at least parts of the Mass for St Anthony of Padua had survived Yet the fact that this was a Mass for a particular saint implied that it also originally included Proper movements setting texts dedicated specifically to that saint Although no such movements ascribed to Dufay had survived a great deal of circumstantial information pointed to an anonymously copied collection of Propers for St Anthony of Padua in another Trent manuscript Here again Fallows was able to marshal evidence from Spataro the theorist refers to a very unusual change of mensuration time signature in the verse of Dufay s Mass for St Anthony of Padua Exactly this change occurs in the verse of the Gradual in the Trent cycle Various other pieces of information pointed in the same direction This group of movements shares its manuscript with fifteen other Proper cycles many of which are also apparently by Dufay The evidence for this claim is complicated but includes a handful of

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  • Music for St Anthony of Padua | The Binchois Consort
    himself there was a dinner at the expense of his estate The will also specifies polyphonic performances after compline on the eve of the feast of the response Si queris miracula and the motet O sidus Hispaniae Since settings by Dufay of both these texts survive they were presumably the works performed for this occasion A performance of the latter a dramatically imposing work in four parts and bearing two texts O sidus Hispaniae and O proles Hispaniae concludes this recording The text of O proles Hispaniae can be seen beneath the image of St Anthony in the Flemish miniature which adorns the cover of this booklet Like all Mass endowments those ordained by Dufay s will were to continue until the end of time We cannot know for how many years even centuries annual performances of his great Mass for St Anthony persisted in practice All we can be sure of is the point when as for so many of the great religious houses of France the building which had sheltered it reached its sorry end In 1796 the great Cathedral of Cambrai the architectural jewel of the north was sold and dismantled With this single act of revolutionary zeal the music of Cambrai Cathedral like its great bells themselves was silenced for ever For many years it was believed that the Mass for St Anthony of Padua had been lost Quotations by the theorist Tinctoris from a collection of Mass Ordinary movements Kyrie Gloria Credo Sanctus and Agnus Dei ascribed to Dufay in a manuscript in Trent Italy refer to them as excerpts from the Mass of St Anthony However this was long thought to be the composer s Mass for St Anthony Abbot also referred to in his will About fifteen years ago however this assumption was proven to be mistaken David Fallows demonstrated that examples in a later treatise by Giovanni Spataro from Dufay s Missa de Sancto Antonio de Padua were drawn from the same work From Spataro then it was clear that at least parts of the Mass for St Anthony of Padua had survived Yet the fact that this was a Mass for a particular saint implied that it also originally included Proper movements setting texts dedicated specifically to that saint Although no such movements ascribed to Dufay had survived a great deal of circumstantial information pointed to an anonymously copied collection of Propers for St Anthony of Padua in another Trent manuscript Here again Fallows was able to marshal evidence from Spataro the theorist refers to a very unusual change of mensuration time signature in the verse of Dufay s Mass for St Anthony of Padua Exactly this change occurs in the verse of the Gradual in the Trent cycle Various other pieces of information pointed in the same direction This group of movements shares its manuscript with fifteen other Proper cycles many of which are also apparently by Dufay The evidence for this claim is complicated but includes a handful of

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