Friday, September 26, 2014

Kyrie eleison

Because this morning I really need something truly and unambiguously beautiful and today is a penitential day, our Friday traditio is the Kyrie from Palestrina's Missae Papae Marcelli. Palestrina's Mass for Pope Marcellus II is certainly one of the glories of polyphonic sacred choral music.

Pope Marcellus II's coat-of-arms

Pope Marcellus II only served as Roman Pontiff for 22 days in 1555. It is believed that Palestrina composed this Mass in his memory in 1562.

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