missa solemnis

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missa solemnis (Lat., ‘Solemn Mass’).
1. Mass in which all sections—apart from the readings of the Epistle and the Gospel—are sung either in polyphony or plainchant. Term is also applied to elaborate ceremonial setting.

2. See Mass in D ( Beethoven).

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