The Renaissance Kyrie and Bunun Pasibutbut, though from two mutually isolated cultures on opposite sides of the world, share musical elements that transcend the time and space between their origins. I will be comparing a Kyrie from Missa D’ung aultre amer by Josquin des Prez (c.1450-1521) , to a pasibutbut of the Bunun tribe. Beside the surface similarities – both are performed by male acapella ensembles, and both are performed for sacred rituals – the two genres also share a four-part polyphonic texture, modal harmonic patterns, as well as melismatic melodies. In addition, both pieces are sung with a dark, pure tone, which gives both pieces the gravity appropriate for the corresponding religious rituals.

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