Palestrina : Missa Ad coenam Agni

Stephen Rice's Brabant Ensemble is a choir that closely resembles, at least in size, the kind of vocal group Palestrina would have been familiar with.  Generally utilizing three singers to a part Palestrina's polyphony is put across clearly and strongly.   The documentary evidence indicates that this mass falls early in Palestrina's career, but it is not a … Continue reading Palestrina : Missa Ad coenam Agni

The Rise of Polyphony : Magister Leoninus and Magister Perotinus

I think we tend to take polyphony for granted. We inherited a form of music which has been with us for centuries and, in fact, we have even seen major-minor harmonic polyphony peak in the 18th century and then gradually give way and break down completely.  However, what we take for granted took centuries to … Continue reading The Rise of Polyphony : Magister Leoninus and Magister Perotinus