The Missa Se la face ay pale uses the tenor of Dufay’s own chanson as its structural cantus firmus. The distribution of the phrases of this tenor throughout the. Dufay Missa Se La Face Ay Pale – Kyrie & Gloria The Hilliard Ensemble full. Composer: Guillaume Dufay was born in Cambrai, France and became one of the. Instruments: A cappella. Published: Description: This chanson is the source of the cantus firmus for Missa Se la face ay pale. External websites.

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Missa Se la face ay pale

In —35, while Guillaume Dufay was first in the service of the duke of Savoy, he wrote a chanson, Se la face ay palethought to be in honor of Anne de Lusignan, who was the duchess of Savoy part of the kingdom of Burgundy.

Although his whereabouts prior to are unknown, it is clear that he lived in Savoy between andand among the many compositions he wrote for various occasions was a cyclic mass, the Missa Se la face ay palebased on the tenor of the earlier chanson.


One can misea guess at what might have been the very special significance the earlier chanson had for the Savoy court. Se la face ay pale La cause est amer. That is the main cause, and love is so bitter for me that I wish to drown myself in the sea. So she can truly know, the fair one to whom I belong, that I cannot have any joy without her. Dufay’s musical setting of the chanson text dufayy also unusual in that he wrote a continuous single unit of music with short phrases rather than the usual format with two sections and longer melodic phrases.

In writing the Missa Se la face ay paleDufay borrows only the tenor line, which he places in the tenor voice in all five movements. In the shorter movements Kyrie, Sanctus, and Agnus Deithe chanson melody closely resembles the tenor part of earlier motets, moving at a much slower pace than the other three voices, thereby calling attention to itself.

In both the Gloria and Credo, Dufay extends this idea by employing yet another motet-like technique: Borrowing a technique employed in the Missa CaputDufay further unites the movements of his mass by beginning each of the five movements with the same opening melodic-rhythmic motif.


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