Palestrina "Sanctus" - metrical issue - measure bars imply wrong meter?
Date: August 28, 2013
(update, I changed the title of this post to "measure bars imply wrong meter" instead of "rhythm.")
Calling Renaissance experts -
See these two examples:
At the beginning of the work, it is easy to feel the piece in 4/4.
The first major cadence comes in m. 16 and then Palestrina seems (to me) to throw in an implied 3/4 metrical feel with the words "Dominus Deus Sabaoth."
Most recordings seem to keep it in 4/4 and accent the middle of "Dominus" instead of following the spoken meter of the word. (dohMEEnus vs. DOHmeenus)
See how the Cambridge singers do it:
My question - is it inappropriate to feel the triple figure, or is that the way it should be done and editors are obscuring Palestrina's metrical implications by adding barlines?
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