The Masses of Gregorio Allegri Part 3 — Missa Vidi turbam magnam

Allegri’s six-part ‘Missa Vidi turbam magnam’ (I saw a great multitude) was written for performance in the Sistine Chapel. It’s an unaccompanied setting because the Sistine Chapel at the time strictly followed the dictate of the Council of Trent that no instrumental accompaniment was allowed.  It’s a good example of how Allegri who was the foremost exponent of the stile antico had the skill and the flexibility to be able to also compose music in the seconda prattica. In  ‘Missa Vidi turbam magnam’ he uses a far more modern approach to composition than might be expected – there are a lot of modern tonalities and his use of counterpoint is quite restrained. It’s performed here with plainchant Introit and Gradual. Enjoy :-).


Video Source: Gregorio Allegri (1582 1652): Missa Vidi turbam magnam – YouTube Published on Nov 4, 2013 by markfromireland

Text, & Translation Introitus: Statuit ei Dominus

Latin textEnglish translation
Statuit ei Dominus testamentum pacis, et principem fecit eum: ut sit illi sacerdotii dignitas in aeternum. (Ps. 131: 1 ) Memento Domine, David: et omnis mansuetudinus ejus. V. Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio et nunc et semper et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.
(Repeat Statuit ei Dominus… )
The Lord made to him a covenant of peace, and made him a prince: that the dignity of priesthood should be to him for ever. (Ps. 131: 1) O Lord, remember David: and all his meekness. v. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Text, & Translation Graduale: Exaltent eum

Exaltent eum in ecclesia plebis: et in cathedra seniorum laudent eum. V. Confiteantur Domino misericordiae ejus, et mirabilia ejus filiis hominum. Allelúja, allelúja. (Matth. 16: 18) Tu es Petrus, et super hanc petram ædificábo Ecclésiam meam. Allelúja.Let them exalt Him in the church of the people: and praise Him in the chair of the ancients. V. Let the mercies of the Lord give glory to Him: and His wonderful works to the children of men. Alleluia, alleluia. (Matth. 16: 18) Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church. Alleluia. (Ps. 44: 17, 18) Thou shalt make them princes over all the earth: they shall remember Thy name through-out all generations. Alleluia.

Score available from here: 

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