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The Polyphonic Mass in France, 1600–1780
The Evidence of the Printed Choirbooks

  • Date Published: March 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107177741


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  • This is the first ever book-length study of the a cappella masses which appeared in France in choirbook layout during the baroque era. Though the musical settings of the Ordinarium missæ and of the Missa pro defunctis have been the subject of countless studies, the stylistic evolution of the polyphonic masses composed in France during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries has been neglected owing to the labor involved in creating scores from the surviving individual parts. Jean-Paul C. Montagnier has examined closely the printed, engraved and stenciled choirbooks containing this repertoire, and his book focuses mainly on the music as it stands in them. After tracing the choirbooks' publishing history, the author places these mass settings in their social, liturgical and musical context. He shows that their style did not all adhere strictly to the stile antico, but could also employ the most up-to-date musical language of the period.

    • The first book on the subject in any language and primarily based on first-hand research
    • Tackles various aspects of the a cappella mass as a genre
    • Exclusively devoted to the church music of the French baroque, the book will appeal to those who are not familiar with the music making in the French churches of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries
    • Covers the few articles related to the topic that were published in any language in recent decades
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    '… Montagnier's book is a seminal and exceptional contribution to the study of French sacred music during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.' Thierry Favier, Music and Letters

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107177741
    • length: 358 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 182 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.88kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Printed choirbooks
    2. Choirbooks and musical practice
    3. People and networks
    4. Music and liturgy
    5. Lassus as model
    6. Stylistic considerations
    7. Two best sellers
    8. Missa pro defunctis

  • Author

    Jean-Paul C. Montagnier, University of Lorraine, France
    Jean-Paul C. Montagnier is Professor of Musicology at Université de Lorraine, France, and Adjunct Professor at McGill University, Montréal. He took his PhD from Duke University, North Carolina, where he specialized in the music of the French baroque, and received two first prizes from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. His publications include Charles-Hubert Gervais (2001) and Henry Madin, 1698–1748 (2008). He serves on the council of Musica Gallica, run by the French Ministry of Culture, and on the editorial board of the Collected Works of Jean-Baptiste Lully. He was made Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Government in 2012.

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