Missa pro defunctis (Jean Richafort)
- (Posted 2020-04-19) CPDL #58061:
- Editor: Andrew Fysh (submitted 2020-04-19). Score information: A4, 60 pages, 997 kB Copyright: CC BY SA
- Edition notes: Complete setting, at original pitch (for SATTTB, SATTBB or ATTTBB). Original note values retained. Transcribed and edited from the Modena and München sources listed below. Revised edition uploaded 9 August 2020.
First published: c.1520–30 in Duomo, Biblioteca e Archivio Capitolare di Modena, Modena, MS Mus. X
2nd published: 1532 in Attaingnant, Sextus liber duas missas habet [Paris] (RISM 1532/6)
3rd published: c.1555–63 in Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, München, Mus. MS 46
4th published: 1559 in Leiden, Archieven van de Kerken, Ms. 1440 (Koorboek III / Codex C) — misattributed to Josquin des Prez
Description: One of the most ingenious and complex settings of the Requiem mass from the High Renaissance. Richafort combines chant paraphrase and freely composed counterpoint with a canon that quotes from two of Josquin des Prez's secular works — Faulte d'argent and Nymphes, nappés. Although no historical evidence supports any direct linkage between this work and Josquin's death in 1521, Richafort's setting was nonetheless clearly intended as a memorial to the great master who was also believed to be his mentor or teacher. See Editorial Notes to CPDL #58061 above for further discussion.
Original text and translations
For information, refer to the Requiem page. For texts and translations, see the individual pages:
- Introitus • Kyrie • Offertorium: Domine Jesu Christe • Sanctus & Benedictus • Agnus Dei • Communio: Lux aeterna • Si ambulem
Richafort's setting follows the Parisian Rite, which contains minor variances in the text of the Introitus and Offertorium (see CPDL #58061 above for full texts and translations), and includes the Graduale Si ambulem between the Kyrie and Offertorium.
Circumdederunt me gemitus mortis,
The groanings of death have encircled me:
and a line from Faulte d'argent:
C'est douleur non pareille.
… 'tis a sorrow without equal.