Masses and Mass sections

Josquin Desprez: Missa Pange lingua
Source: Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Handschriften- und Inkunabelsammlung, Ms. 4809, fol. 1v (A003)

According to current research, a total of 31 masses are attributed to Josquin Desprez in the sources of the 15th and 16th centuries. 18 of these 31 masses are now considered authentic, the other 13 masses are very probably by other composers, including Loyset Compère, Noel Bauldeweyn, Pierre de La Rue, Johannes Martini, Pierre Moulu and Jean Richafort.

1. Masses

No.TitleVoicesIDAuthenticity (NJE)
1Missa Ad fugam4NJE_12.01authentic
2Missa Allez regretz I4NJE_07.01spurious
3Missa Allez regretz II4NJE_07.02spurious
4Missa Ave maris stella4NJE_03.01authentic  
5Missa Da pacem4NJE_03.02spurious
6Missa De beata virgine4-5NJE_03.03authentic
7Missa Dirige [= Missa Cum jocunditate]4NJE_03.04spurious
8Missa D’ung aultre amer4NJE_07.03authentic
9Missa Faysant regretz4NJE_08.01authentic  
10Missa Ferialis4NJE_04.01spurious
11Missa Fortuna desperata4NJE_08.02authentic
12Missa Gaudeamus4NJE_04.02authentic
13Missa Hercules Dux Ferrarie4-6NJE_11.01authentic  
14Missa La sol fa re mi4NJE_11.02authentic  
15Missa L’ami Baudichon4NJE_05.01authentic  
16Missa L’homme armé [quarti toni]4NJE_06.01spurious
17Missa L’homme armé sexti toni4-6NJE_06.02authentic  
18Missa L’homme armé super voces musicales4NJE_06.03authentic  
19Missa Malheur me bat4-6NJE_09.01authentic  
20Missa Mater patris4-5NJE_10.01authentic  
21Missa Missus est Gabriel angelus4NJE_10.02spurious
22Missa Mon seul plaisir4?NJE_09.02spurious
23Missa N’auray je jamais [= Missa Di dadi]4NJE_09.03authentic
24Missa Pange lingua4NJE_04.03authentic  
25Missa Pro defunctis6NJE_04.04spurious
26Missa Quem dicunt homines4-5NJE_10.03spurious
27Missa Rosina4?NJE_09.04spurious
28Missa Sine nomine4NJE_12.02authentic  
29Missa Sub tuum presidium4NJE_04.05spurious
30Missa Une mousse de Biscaye4NJE_05.02authentic
31Missa Veni sancte spiritus5NJE_04.06spurious

2. Mass Sections

Fourteen mass movements have survived in the sources of the 15th and 16th centuries, eight of which are now considered authentic, while five are attributed to other composers. The “Credo La belle se siet” is considered doubtful; in the oldest source it is attributed to Robert de Févin.

No.TitleVoicesIDAuthenticity (NJE)
1Agnus dei2NJE_13.11spurious
2Credo Chascun me crie4NJE_13.01authentic
3Credo De tous biens playne4NJE_13.02authentic
4Credo La belle se siet4NJE_13.03dubious
5Credo [Quarti toni]4NJE_13.04authentic
6Credo Vilayge I4NJE_13.05authentic
7Credo Vilayge II4NJE_13.06authentic
9Et incarnatus est2NJE_13.13spurious
10Gloria De beata virgine4NJE_13.07authentic
11Gloria [De beata virgine]3NJE_13.08spurious
12Kyrie Pascale4NJE_13.14spurious
13Sanctus De passione4NJE_13.09authentic
14Sanctus D’ung aultre amer/Tu lumen4NJE_13.10authentic