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Mass (Lat. missa; Fr. messe; Ger. Messe; It. messa; Sp. misa)locked

  • James W. McKinnon,
  • Theodor Göllner,
  • Maricarmen Gómez,
  • Lewis Lockwood,
  • Andrew Kirkman,
  • Denis Arnold
  •  and John Harper


The term most commonly used to describe the early Christian and medieval Latin eucharistic service. It has been retained within Catholicism during modern times. The plainchant of the medieval Mass, and the polyphonic music of the Mass between the 12th and 16th centuries, are central to the history of Western music. The polyphonic Mass Ordinary of the Renaissance is one of the more important genres of European art music....

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