Josquin Desprez, Missa Pange lingua

Missa Pange lingua, Josquin Desprez

The ASQ performas a selection of Desprez motets and his Missa Pange lingua. Missa Pange lingua is a paraphrase mass (although Josquin wrote such embroidered lines that it is sometimes impossible to tell whether the melody is being paraphrased or not) based on Pange lingua, a hymn of praise to Jesus Christ. Typical of paraphrase versus the earlier cantus firmus technique, in the Missa Pange lingua, Josquin treated all four voices as equals. There is no longer one central voice as the main carrier of the material on which the mass is based. The material is spread over all four of the voices. Read more »

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