Missa quarti toni (Gregorio Allegri)

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1. Kyrie

  • CPDL #23099:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2011-02-05).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 32 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

2. Gloria

  • (Posted 2011-04-02)   CPDL #23326:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2011-02-05).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 32 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

3. Credo

  • CPDL #23100:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2011-02-05).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 103 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

4. Sanctus

  • CPDL #23098:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2011-02-05).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 30 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

5. Agnus Dei I

  • CPDL #23101:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2011-02-05).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 33 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

5. Agnus Dei II

  • CPDL #23102:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2011-02-05).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 30 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Gloria added 2011-04-02. Note values have been halved. Some of the sections have uneven endings (e.g. the initial section of the Credo, where there is a fermata on the last note of the alto part, but not on the other parts). These uneven endings have been preserved (with the values halved). MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

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This work has been misattributed.
See notes for details and correct composer below or see the discussion page.

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Page of manuscript showing attribution

Title: Missa quarti toni
Composer: Gregorio Allegri (attributed to Allegri, probably not authentic)

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMass

Languages: Ancient Greek, Latin
Instruments: A cappella

Published: Not known

Description: A 4 part mass probably composed in the 17th Century. The manuscript of this remarkable work, attributed to “El Maestro Alegre”, is contained in a part of the Música Colonial Archive devoted to authentic works by very well known composers such as Palestrina, Victoria and Morales. The intention seems to have been to attribute the work to Gregorio Allegri, since “alegre” has the same meaning in Spanish as “allegro” in Italian.

Paul Marchesano, however, an expert in music of this period, has expressed the view that it is probably not an original work of that composer. The style of this work and the lack of a setting of the Benedictus suggests a Spanish origin, since the Benedictus was commonly omitted from Spanish settings of the Mass in the late Baroque period. One possible attribution of the work may be to Juan Matias de Rivera since there are similarities to that composer's "Missa a cuatro voces" and the two works appear one after the other in the the Música Colonial Archive.


US musicologist Robert Stevenson at one time had access to the original manuscript of this work and others in the archive. He raised the question of its authenticity without venturing an answer. Stevenson also commented: “Agnuses are reversed. Melodic sequences abound everywhere in this Mass.” The agnuses seem to be still reversed, so Agnus II should probably be performed before Agnus I.

External websites:

  • From the Música Colonial Archive which contains a copy of the manuscript, the original of which is in Guatemala Cathedral. It can be accessed with "Dejavu" software. Free download available here. A more modern scan of the manuscript (where the Gloria is clearly legible) is available on application to the editor.

Original text and translations

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

KyrieGloriaCredoSanctus & BenedictusAgnus Dei