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  • Series: Dover Vocal Scores
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Reprint edition (July 2, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486276317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486276311
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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I was partly motivated to buy this Dover book of Palestrina scores by the Knud Jeppesen book, Counterpoint: The Polyphonic Vocal Style of the Sixteenth Century. Jeppesen analysed and documented very carefully the composition technique of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina in the 16th century, using as examples various motets, masses and other vocal pieces.

It's great to see some complete Palestrina masses and motets after reading so many tiny snippets in the Jeppesen book. However, I could not find many direct quotes by Jeppesen from these masses and motets. I found the following.

* Missa L'Homme Armé, Credo, bars 12-13, page 161, are quoted by Jeppesen on page 194.
* Missa Papae Marcelli, Credo, bars 186-189, page 207, are quoted by Jeppesen on page 160.
* Missa Papae Marcelli, Benedictus, bar 11, page 212, is quoted by Jeppesen on page 153.

That's not really a lot, of course, but it is interesting to see how the quotes differ from these scores. Jeppesen uses the original C-clefs (which are difficult for modern people to read), whereas this Dover Palestrina book uses octavo G-clefs instead. Some people might find it odd that the Altus voices are in octavo G-clefs instead of untransposed G-clefs, but these are not alto voices, and the voice ranges fit very well indeed into the octavo G-clefs. The time-values are halved (replacing half-notes with quarter-notes etc.), which is probably a good idea for us modern people.

These masses and motets are printed in spacious open score, nicely typeset throughout, although the printing is sometimes a bit thin, suggesting that the plates are getting a little weary.
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Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina is a composer who like Mozart creates a sonic world with very little dissonance but excelent use of tension and release.

This dover score is clear, readable, authoratative and inexpensive. A great buy.
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Dover is a trustworthy source, as always, and you can never go wrong with Palestrina. I just wish they would release a "Complete Works" of Palestrina, with a cd or something! That would be great.
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