Missa In minen sin (Alexander Agricola)

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  • (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 mass sections to be added when edited). At original notated 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. Revised edition uploaded 11 August 2020.
  • (Posted 2004-10-28)  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 only.

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

 Manuscript 1498 in Chigi codex (incomplete), no. 20
First 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