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Missae Caput

Missae Caput
Guillaume Dufay, Johannes Ockeghem, and Jacob Obrecht
Edited by Alejandro E. Planchart
Missae Caput
Full Score (1964)
9x12, viii + 182 pp.

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The final melisma on the word "caput" in the antiphon "Venit ad Petrum" for the ceremony of the washing of the feet  on Maundy Thursday in the Sarum rite is the source of the cantus firmus for masses by Dufay, Ockeghem, and Obrecht. Guillaume Dufay's Missa Caput, probably composed between 1440 and 1450, is unified by motto beginnings, a structural similarity between the movements, and cyclic return of the cantus firmus. Johannes Ockeghem's mass, composed between 1460 and 1465, is closely modeled on Dufay. The mass by Jacob Obrecht was probably written between 1483 and 1485, when he was magister puerorum at Cambrai. Instead of the large-scale formal organization found in the Dufay mass, Obrecht's mass establishes a progression from movement to movement governed only by the successive shifts of the cantus firmus.
Antiphon, Venit ad Petrum
Guillaume Dufay, Missa Caput
Johannes Ockeghem, Missa Caput
Jacob Obrecht, Missa Caput
Edward R. Lerner, Musical Quarterly, July 1965.
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