Machaut’s Messe de Nostre Dame

 

Read carefully the pages in our book about Machaut’s Messe de Nostre Dame (107-109). Read also the page in the accompanying score volume (82). Address the following: 1. From where did polyphonic settings of the Mass first emerge, and what historical circumstances made this possible? 2. Explain why Machaut’s Messe de Nostre Dame is a “composite” mass and not a “cyclic” mass. 3. Compare and contrast Machaut’s Kyrie movement from Messe de Nostre Dame to his motet we studied in class,