Jean-Paul Montagnier's book is a much-needed addition to the current literature on French seventeenth- and eighteenth-century music. His in-depth examination of the largely neglected subject of polyphonic settings of the Mass by French composers serves to redress an imbalance in the way sacred music of the period has previously been portrayed. Both in the foreword by John Hajdu Heyer and in the course of Montagnier's own study, reasons for the neglect of this repertoire are discussed, with reference to, among other things, the somewhat disparaging and dismissive remarks of earlier scholars of Baroque music who had little or no firsthand knowledge of Mass settings, whose focus was primarily on secular genres, and who had...
Review: The Polyphonic Mass in France, 1600–1780: The Evidence of the Printed Choirbooks, by Jean-Paul C. Montagnier
C. JANE GOSINE is Professor of Musicology at Memorial University, Canada. Her research focuses on seventeenth-century French music, and the relationship between singing and health. She is active as a consultant on seventeenth-century performance practice, has prepared editions of music by Charpentier, and has published articles and chapters on French music. She has collaborated on music therapy projects, directs a choir for people with respiratory difficulties, and is a team member working with a neuro-diverse children's choir.
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C. Jane Gosine; Review: The Polyphonic Mass in France, 1600–1780: The Evidence of the Printed Choirbooks, by Jean-Paul C. Montagnier. Journal of the American Musicological Society 1 December 2019; 72 (3): 867–871. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jams.2019.72.3.867
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