About the Mass

"Lasso's Missa Il me suffit is a classic parody Mass, based on a popular chanson of the day (Il me Suffit by Claudin de Sermisy)," Dr. Mahrt comments. "As such, the Mass provides the occasion for reflecting upon the interaction between sacred and secular elements in the liturgy. Being based on a popular tune, it raises the question of the appropriateness of such an incorporation. Yet, the process of incorporation includes the transformation of secular elements by sacred styles and conventions and amounts to a 'sacralization' of the secular elements, which still remain familiar and recognizable."