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450 Year Old Mass Hits UK Charts

March 18th, 2011

A mass from 1566 hit the UK music charts.

A sumptuous first recording of a long-lost 450-year-old Italian Renaissance mass written for 40 different vocal parts has soared onto British pop charts a week after its release.

The recording by British vocal group I Fagiolini of the little-known Alessandro Striggio’s 1566 mass for 40 voices — most masses are written for four — made its debut at number 68 on the pop charts, above Bon Jovi, George Harrison and Eminem.

Here’s a bit of a documentary about recording the piece.

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