Analysis Of Machaut's 'Angus Dei'

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Machaut’s “Angus Dei” from the Notre Dame Mass, and Palestrina’s “Kyrie” from the Pope Marcellus Mass are important pieces to consider when studying the Renaissance Era; as are their composers. Guillaume Machaut (1300-1377) is considered the most significant composer from the late middle ages, often viewed as part of the Medival-Renaissance transition. Interestingly, the first polyphonic version of mass ordinary with a verified composer was his Notre Dame Mass. He was not only a talented composer, but also wrote poems and held positions in noble courts and the clergy. Giovanni Palestrina (1525-1594) is the paramount of renaissance sacred music. In fact, his Pope Marcellus Mass is thought to be what convinced the church to not throw out polyphonic

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