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- July 24, 2019 at 4:53 pm #594717
As I understand it (thus far…) Andrea Gabrieli wrote two Missa Brevis settings: 1.) in F major (easy to find on the web) and 2.) in D major (nowhere to be found).
Does anyone know where to find the setting in D major? (Or am I off track?)
Thanks for you help!
Cairn UniversityJuly 25, 2019 at 8:25 am #594741Michael A. GrayParticipant
I can see why you are wondering if your search for Andrea Gabrieli’s Missa Brevis in D Major is on track. There are a lot of places where a search like this could go wrong:
It’s tempting to think that, since there are only 2 known masses by A. Gabrieli (both published by Carol Proske in the 19th century), the other one must be the missing Brevis. Alas, both the popular Missa Brevis a4 and the lessor known Missa Pater peccavi a6 are in F major and the two are vastly different; the mass a4 is a an usually simple piece for Gabrieli.
It’s possible that some cataloger or editor used the term “Missa Brevis” for something else. Andrea’s more famous nephew, Giovanni, has two incomplete settings from the Mass that are sometimes misnamed “Missa Brevis.” This could have happened to Andrea because he also produced such a set: “Concerti di Andrea et di Giovanni Gabrieli” has a Kyrie (a5, a8, a12), Gloria (a16) and Sanctus (a16) – see Cassola & Schiffel’s edition on cpdl.org; vol. 1, no. 41-3.
It is possible (in deed, likely) that the highly unusual Renaissance key of D major is also edition artifact. For example, elsewhere on CPDL, editor Lewis Jones cites “chiavette” to transpose the G Minor Concerti mass movements and end each in a D major chord.
Please don’t think I’m ending with “your Missa Brevis in D Major is not a Brevis, not a Mass, and not in D Major.” I hope you let us know if you find the work, and that it is as beautiful as the Palestrina or Hassler’s “Missa Secunda” (wait, why is the Silver Edition in A major?)…
Sorry, I doubt if that helped!
Michael A. Gray
http://www.graymichael.comJuly 26, 2019 at 11:52 pm #594905
Thanks Michael. Whatever it is, I’m searching for the one on this recording. I haven’t been able to track down the director of this ensemble.
Tactus (label) TC 510701: Andrea Gabrieli , Missa Brevis 4 Vocum (in Re), 2006
I’ll keep hunting!
SteveJuly 27, 2019 at 1:37 pm #594962Michael A. GrayParticipant
Found it! It’s a “new” mass!
Tactus writes that the recording was from an edition prepared by Francesco Facchin in 1997 but the publisher lists it as STILL in preparation. The original (and only) source (Mus. Ms. 54) is in an untitled part book in the Bayerische Staatsbibiothek of Munich. The manuscript can be found here:
As you can see, the actual title is “Missa 4 vocum / Andreas Gabriel”, it’s in the “brevis” style, and it’s in D Dorian mode with a lot of B flats and leading tones added. Major kudos to this 1570 scribe: The B flats are not universal and the Dorian shines through. It looks like it has some very nice passages (i.e. the conclusion of the “Gloria”). Indeed, it’s so clear that you could almost get four singers into your office and have a sight-reading party (a lesson for all editors, please). Wow!
Thanks for bringing it to our attention!
Michael A. Gray
http://www.graymichael.comJuly 29, 2019 at 7:57 pm #595126
Thanks so much for sleuthing that out for me (us)! This is tremendously helpful. Now the question is, Is there time to transcribe it?…
All the best~
Steve McCollumAugust 5, 2019 at 12:36 pm #595572cammacParticipant
I suggest that the “Ask for more info” button on their web site might be a good starting point:
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