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...

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