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Alternatim

Alternatim refers to a technique of liturgical musical performance, especially in relationship to the Organ Mass. A specific part of the [1] The verso became a particularly prevalent genre in Baroque Iberian organ music.

A large amount of musical repertoire was specifically written for alternatim performance, with Heinrich Isaac and Charles Justin (1830-1873) as notable composers. Alternatim performance of the Mass was common throughout Europe in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. A similar tradition of alternatim performance existed for example also for Magnificat compositions.

In the Catholic church, the practice was banned by Pope Pius X in his 1903 Motu proprio Tra le Sollecitudini. [2] The practice did, however, inform the works of Olivier Messiaen who wrote pseudo-versets for his many liturgical organ works, especially his Messe de la Pentecôte (1950).

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  1. ^ 1999Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music, in Messe pour le Port-RoyalBenjamin van Wye, Review of Marc-Antoine Charpentier,
  2. ^ Tra le Sollecitudini – Instruction on Sacred Music
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