Missa In minen sin (Alexander Agricola)

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  • NewScore.gif  (Posted 2020-02-09)   CPDL #56993:     
Editor: Andrew Fysh (submitted 2020-02-09).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 358 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Agnus Dei I–II–III complete (other movements to be added when edited). At original pitch (for SATB, STTB, or ATTB); Agnus Dei II Alto (Contratenor) part notated as second Soprano (Discantus) due to its vocal range. Original note values retained. Transcribed and edited from both sources listed below.
  • CPDL #08380:      (Finale 2004)
Editor: Art Levine (submitted 2004-10-28).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 228 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Agnus Dei III

General Information

Title: Missa In minen sin (variations In myne zyn, In mynen zyn)
Composer: Alexander Agricola

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: SATB, STTB or ATBB
Genre: SacredMass

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1498 in Chigi codex (incomplete), no. 20
  2nd published: 1505 in Brussels, Bibliothèque Royal Albert 1er, MS 9126

Description: This mass setting — one of eight surviving settings by Agricola — is based on his own three-part chanson In myne zyn. Agricola makes widespread use of complex polyrhythmic structures, perhaps the most extraordinary of which is the Bassus part in Agnus Dei III, which opens with a sequence based on a five-and-a-half-breve rhythm (alternating maxima and dotted-breve notes), followed by a similar sequence based on a three-and-a-half breve rhythm (alternating long and dotted-breve notes) against a dotted triple-time ornamentation in each of the other three voices.

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Original text and translations

For information, refer to the Mass page. For texts and translations, see the individual pages:

KyrieGloriaCredoSanctus & BenedictusAgnus Dei