He was helped by Peter, also from the school of music, and Father Peter, from the Community of the Resurrection in Mirfield, who travelled to Salzburg to research the sections of plainsong .
Not just Latin but plainsong as well, a posthumous defiance of all the changes and compromises which Anna Haycraft (to give her her real name) had deplored not just in the Catholic but all the Christian churches.
To them, the crack of the centurion's whip and the thud of the hammer on nails are distant, alien sounds - a disturbing echo of Holy Week long ago, of Gregorian plainsong , of ferias in Seville.
This text was used, I believe, in all four twentieth-century coronations (certainly that of George V), restored to its medieval plainsong melody.
Such popularity as these records have clearly indicates the refreshing quality found in the ‘purity’ of plainsong , the clarity and sweetness of the voices, and the halo of reverberation that imparts warmth to the ensemble.
Her nuns, by their own admission, weren't very good at singing, with their plainsong and intoning more than a little out of tune!
The piece is based on the old Dies Irae medieval plainsong chant.
The astonishing success of four women singing plainsong has created yet another mystery in the annals of record sales.
In other words, the daily execution of a grand motet on ordinary days would have given place to plainsong on feast days.
If you have no stomach for plainsong and church polyphony, steer clear of this recording.