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  • - We, with our stereotyped modern notions of the grouping of voices, may get some idea of the freedom of the 16thcentury composers' imagination by noting that the four-part movements for semi-chorus or solo voices in Palestrina's Masses present us with no fewer than seventeen different combinations of voices, and that of these the familiar group of soprano, alto, tenor and bass is not the most common, though it is invariable as that used for entire four-part Masses.
  • Trombones often played with the three lower voices, a practice of high antiquity surviving from a time when there were soprano trombones or cornetti (Zincken, a sort of treble serpent) to play with the sopranos.
  • Another common feature is that both include a beautifully melodic setting of the Pie Jesu featuring a solo soprano.
  • Ades ' bittersweet score was sung brilliantly by the soprano Mary Carewe.
  • A rising solo soprano line brings the mass to a peaceful conclusion.

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