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Detail for Desprez: Missus est Gabriel Angelus
Title: Missus est Gabriel Angelus  
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Composer: Josquin Desprez (c. 1455-1521)
Scoring: SATB
Liturgical Use: Feast of the Annunciation; Advent IV
Language: Latin
Catalog #: NDC015
Duration: ca. 5 minutes
Price: $3.95
Remarks: This piece evokes the moment of mystery and awe when a young girl, hearing the Angel’s voice, was touched by grace. When the text marks the Angelic Salutation, the music traces the familiar Ave Maria plainsong melody in a magnificently florid paraphrase. An exceptionally rewarding work by the greatest composer of his era.   View Sample Score
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