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The recording was made during a live celebration of High Mass according to the traditional Roman rite. This rite represents a liturgy that dates back, essentially unchanged, to the time of St Gregory the Great (c. 540-604), and was in common use until the introduction of the new Missal by Pope Paul VI in 1969, following the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council.
Texts and translations of the sung parts of the Mass are given in full, and these are followed by the full text of the parts assigned to the clergy, including the numerous semi-silent prayers that occasionally overlap with the singing of the choir. The listener will find himself in a similar position to that of someone seated in the nave, facing the altar, with the choir in the foreground and the clergy beyond them in the sanctuary.
It is the music of the organ and choir that first strikes the ear, together with the audibly chanted prayers At the same time, the listener is soon alerted to the fact that more is going on So, with the aid of the texts of both the audible and inaudible parts, he is able to reconstruct in his mind a full and rounded picture of the whole of this ancient liturgy.
|1||01:42||Organ Prelude: O quam glorifica|
|2||01:03||Organ improvisation: Clergy procession|
|3||03:23||Antiphona ad Introitum: Vultum tuum|
|7||01:49||Lectio: Is. vii, 10-15|
|8||03:46||Alleluia: Ave Maria/Virga Jesse|
|9||04:23||Evangelium: Lc. i, 26-38|
|11||02:22||Antiphona ad offertorium: Ave Maria|
|12||03:32||Organ improvisation: Secret|
|14||01:35||Sanctus IX (Canon Missæ)|
|15||02:25||Organ: Canon Missæ (contd.)|
|16||01:57||Organ: Canon Missæ (end)|
|19||01:45||Agnus Dei IX|
|20||01:10||Antiphona ad Communionem: Ecce Virgo concipiet|
|21||01:00||Organ improvisation during Communion|
|23||00:42||Ite missa est|
|24||01:13||Evangelium: Io. i, 1-14|
|25||01:11||Organ improvisation: Clergy recession|
|26||02:46||Organ voluntary: Canzon quarti toni|