Missa Pange lingua (Josquin des Prez)

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  • (Posted 2020-06-10)  CPDL #59193:     
Editor: Simon Biazeck (submitted 2020-06-10).   Score information: A4, 40 pages, 547 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed up a minor third.
Note-values halved; final longs retained.
Ligatures: closed brackets; Black notation: open brackets.
Cue-sized and cautionary accidentals are editorial.
Chant incipits have been provided by the editor.
  • (Posted 2020-05-26)  CPDL #58826:       
Editor: James Wetzel (submitted 2020-05-26).   Score information: Letter, 41 pages, 311 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Minor 3rd higher.
  • (Posted 2019-06-03)  CPDL #54460:    (PDF)  
Editor: Anastassia Rakitianskaia (submitted 2019-06-03).   Score information: A4, 34 pages, 360 kB   Copyright: CC BY
Edition notes: Arranged by Anastassia Rakitianskaia. SATB arrangement (alto part in standard G-clef). Transposed a minor 3rd higher into C minor to fit the vocal ranges of a standard SATB choir better. Includes a ZIP file with individual movements.
  • (Posted 2019-01-04)  CPDL #52806:       
Editor: Sabine Cassola (submitted 2019-01-04).   Score information: A4, 60 pages, 3.67 MB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Updated edition, which includes individual parts. Original pitch.
  • (Posted 2009-05-03)  CPDL #19381:        
Editor: Sabine Cassola (submitted 2009-05-03).   Score information: A4, 29 pages, 529 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original pitch.
  • (Posted 2006-12-06)  CPDL #13205: 
Original key: A4 size:   (LilyPond)   Letter size:   (LilyPond)
Transposed up a tone:   (LilyPond)
Transposed up a minor third:   (LilyPond)
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2006-12-06).   Score information: A4, 33 pages, 540 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Updated 2020-01-23.

Individual movements


  • (Posted 2006-10-03)  CPDL #12759:  Network.png PDF file available.
Editor: Dan Foster (submitted 2006-10-03).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 268 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Transposed up m3 to approximate Josquin’s historical pitch. Note values halved. Scored in clefs familiar to modern readers. Musica ficta matches our recently researched performances and recording.

Kyrie & Gloria

  • (Posted 2000-06-07)  CPDL #00925:  Network.png PostScript and MusiXTeX files available.
Editor: Moriwaki Michio (submitted 2000-06-07).   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: PDF & GIF formats also available, but Postscript prints most legibly.

Sanctus: Pleni sunt caeli

  • (Posted 2020-04-26)  CPDL #58210:        (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2020-04-26).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 62 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: I used the 1539 Johannes Ott print for the source and texting.

General Information

Title: Missa Pange Lingua
Composer: Josquin des Prez

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

Languages: Greek, Latin
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript 1523 in D-Ju MS 21, no. 1-5
First published: 1539 in Missae tredecim quatuor vocum (Hans Ott), no. 7
    2nd published: 1546 Nürnberg: Hans Ott
    3rd published: 1929 in Das Chorwerk, no. 1.1

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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