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Comes: Masses, Part 1

Juan Bautista Comes
Masses, Part 1
Masses for One and Two Choirs
Edited by Greta J. Olson
Comes: Masses, Part 1
Full Score (1999)
9x12, xx + 133 pp.

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Juan Bautista Comes (ca. 1582–1643), famed for his polychoral devotional and liturgical compositions, held positions in Valencia and Lerida. Although he may have written as many as eight masses, this edition presents the extant complete masses by Comes for one, two, and three choirs. These works demonstrate changes in texture, harmony, and borrowed materials, which are representative of both Comes and his Iberian contemporaries. In these masses, Comes handles the pacing, balance, motivic plasticity, and varied sound color deftly and, at times, dramatically.
Misa Exsultet caelum
Misa Iste confessor
Misa qué fértil que es el año
Elizabeth Roche, "Massed Choirs," Early Music 28 (May 2000): 296; Grayson Wagstaff, Notes, March 2001
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