Missa Papea Marcelli

Full details...
page one of Missa Papea Marcelli

Which method of viewing music should I use?

Score Exchange has two methods to display previews of music: seView which uses regular html and javascipt and the Scorch plug-in from Avid which needs to be downloaded and installed onto your computer. Both have advantages and disadvantages:


seView, is the most compatible option. You should be able to view music on all modern web browsers including most mobile devices. Even if your device does not support javascript you should still be able to preview at least page one of the music.

You do not need to install any additional software to use seView.


Scorch is a free plug-in from Avid for displaying and printing music. It can also play the music that you're seeing. As modern web browsers are updated, Scorch is no longer compatible with many browsers. Scorch has never been compatible with mobile devices and some web browsers on Mac computers.

If your web browser does not install Scorch automatically, you can click here to download and install scorch manually.

Static preview

The static preview shows a basic image of the first page.

Interactive preview

The interactive preview also shows a preview of the first page, but it's a bit slower to load. The preview is displayed using the Sibelius Cloud Publishing technology from Avid. With most scores, this technology will provide a higher quality preview, as well as being able to switch to full screen mode and also play the displayed music to you.

Printing after purchase

After you have purchased this item the Cloud Publishing technology is utilised to provide the printing mechanism for the music. As such, we recommend checking that the Interactive Preview displays correctly on your device before committing to a purchase.

Full details

The complete Missa Papae Marcelli (1562) by Palestrina has been transcribed for brass sextet, consisting of three trumpets and three trombones. Alternative instrumentations are possible, including horns in the middle voices, and I have included horn parts in the set. I have also included the name of the original vocal part which each instrument represents, to avoid confusion. It is obviously possible to play this transcription with other combinations, including strings and winds. Please contact me if you would prefer alternate instrumentation.

Performance practice seems to lean in the direction of using soloists for certain sections of the mass. These are indicated, and there is a note at the opening which makes suggestions as to the use of soloists until the return of the 'Kyrie'.

I have given some thought to the possibilities of spacilization in this work, but have no concrete advice to give. Palestrina treats several many sections antiphonally, but the choices of instruments in each 'group' are never consistent, and so I recommend that the players stand together, or uniformly separated, rather than in two or more 'cori spezzati' groups.

There were a number of editorial choices to make when compiling this transcription. I have included tempo markings merely as a guide, and based these on my favorite recordings. When in doubt over accidentals, I have made reference to the excellent Tallis Scholars recording, the one with which I imagine the majority of listeners are familiar.

The same is true of dynamic markings. I have included them sparingly and in situations where they add to the contrasting nature of neighboring sections. Although I include 'fortissimo' markings for the quickest, most excited sections, I do not intend the sound to become too forceful or overblown. I have not included individual markings for sections which are intended to naturally pop out of the texture, as I prefer to allow Palestrina's polyphonic genius to speak for itself.

Score ID
Difficult (Grades 7+)
25 minutes
Brass quartet
Classical music

For anything not permitted by the above licence then you should contact the publisher first to obtain permission.

Reviews of Missa Papea Marcelli

Sorry, there's no reviews of this score yet. Please .

You might also like...