Guillaume de Machault : Messe de Nostre Dame CD
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 Cathedral’s acoustics could best be appreciated.
1 INTROIT: GAUDEAMUS OMNES IN DOMINO
2 KYRIE (MESSE DE NOSTRE DAME)
3 GLORIA (MESSE DE NOSTRE DAME)
4 COLLECT: VENERANDA NOBIS, DOMINE
5 EPISTLE: LECTIO LIBRI SAPIENTIÆ
6 GRADUAL AND ALLELUIA: AUDI FILIA
7 PROSE: AREA VIRGA
8 GOSPEL: IN ILLO TEMPORE
9 CREED: CREDO IN UNUM DEUM
10 OFFERTORY: AVE MARIA, GRATIA PLENA
11 MOTET 23: FELIX VIRGO/INVIOLATA GENITRIX
12 ORATE FRATRES: SECRET AND PREFACE
13 SANCTUS AND BENEDICTUS (MESSE DE NOSTRE DAME)
14 CANON: HANC IGITUR – CONSECRATION
15 PATER NOSTER
16 AGNUS DEI (MESSE DE NOSTRE DAME)
17 COMMUNION: DILEXISTI IUSTICIAM
18 POSTCOMMUNION: MENSE CELESTIS
19 ITE MISSA EST (MESSE DE NOSTRE DAME) AND DEO GRACIAS