Dufay Masses

Dufay: Missa Sancti Jacobi / Missa Se la face ay pale
Capella Cordina - Alejandro Planchart
Lyrichord 8013 (2 CDs)


  1. Ballade: Se la face ay pale (2 voices, recorder, korthold, viol)

  2. Missa Se la face ay pale (21 voices, recorder, viol, organ, sackbut, rankett)
  3. Kyrie
  4. Gloria
  5. Credo
  6. Sanctus
  7. Agnus
  8. Canzona: Vergene bella (voice, 2 viols)
  9. Rondeau: Las, que feray (voice, recorder, 2 viols)
  10. Rondeau: Ma belle dame souveraine (6 voices, 3 recorders, viol)
    Missa Sancti Jacobi (tutti)
  1. Introit
  2. Kyrie
  3. Gloria
  4. Alleluia
  5. Credo
  6. Offertory
  7. Sanctus
  8. Agnus
  9. Communion
  10. Motet: Rite maiorem (tutti)
  11. Motet: Ecclesiae Militantis (17 voices, dulzian, viol, 2 recorders, organ)

Performers: Millicent Allison, Julia Blue, Jeanine Dovell, Amy Klohr, Sally Sanford, Susan Addiss, Maria Fowler, Roberta Graziano, Christine Hunter, Naomi Lewin, Sarah Mead, Kerala Snyder, Frank Avril, Steven Sametz, Britt Wheeler, Benjamin Ward, David Carr, John Graziano, Thomas MacCracken, Christopher Wall, David Welsbrod, Francis Braunlich, William Cobb, Betty Hatch, William Liddell, Margaret Johnston, Edward Phillips, Theodore Toupin, Geoffrey Barnes

Playing time: 93'

Recording date: March & May 1974

Reviewed in:
Fanfare (Vol./#-p.): 18/4- (March/April 1995)

These two masses are among the most famous ever written, as well as being two of Dufay's earliest. The Missa Se la face ay pale is the first known cantus firmus mass based on a secular tune, while the Missa Sancti Jacobi is one of the short-lived mass setting techniques to set both the Propers and Ordinary together.

The music was originally issued on LPs: Lyrichord 7274 & Lyrichord 7275

Another recording by this ensemble:

Gombert: Missa da Pacem - Renaissance Motets
Capella Cordina - Alejandro Planchart
Lyrichord 7245 (LP)

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Todd M. McComb