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Much of the beauty of the older forms was lost and the hymns did not really become classical. We have reason to hope that the present reform of the breviary will also give us back the old form of the hymns. But meanwhile it seems necessary to keep the later text. This is the one best known, it is given in all hymnbooks and is still the only authorized form. Only in one case have we printed the older text of a hymn, number 57, “Urbs Jerusalem.” The modern form of this begins: “Caelestis urbs Jerusalem.” But in this case the people who changed it in the seventeenth century did not even keep its metre; so the later version cannot be sung to the old, exceedingly beautiful tune.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)
Kevin Allen • Missa pro Defunctis Quinque vocum
published 14 January 2014 by Kevin Allen

768 Kevin Allen Requiem HORAL CONDUCTORS planning for the Feast All Souls on 2 November will welcome this new release by Kevin Allen: Missa pro Defunctis Quinque vocum — “Mass for the Dead” for SSATB chorus, a cappella.

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Introitus: Requiem aeternam
Kyrie
Graduale: Requiem aeternam
Tractus: Absolve Domine
Offertorium: Domine Jesu Christe
Sanctus
Benedictus
Agnus Dei
Communio: Lux aeterna
Responsorium: Subvenite

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