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parody mass

in The Oxford Companion to Music


Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199579037

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A polyphonic cyclic setting of the Ordinary of the Roman Mass based on the imitative texture of a pre-existing polyphonic composition. The term, however, reflects a modern misunderstanding of Renaissance terminology and invites confusion with other forms of musical parody. Some writers, aware that such masses were often entitled ...

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Subjects: Music

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