Garcer Machaut's Notre Dame Mass

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The musical composition Guillaume Machaut’s Notre Dame Mass was composed around the mid-fourteenth century. This piece was one the best compositions in its time and it was also the first polyphonic treatment of the mass ordinary by a known composer. The five sung prayers of the ordinary are the Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, and Angus Dei. The prayers were not all sung together. The Kyrie and Gloria were sung in secession of each other and the Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei were separated by liturgical activity or by other religious texts. The composition of “Agnus Dei” by Machaut was purposed for mercy and peace. The form of the piece was in ABA structure. The sections were similar in rhythm and mood. In this period, the Middle Ages, music
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