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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)

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Video Recording • Pro-Arte Saint Louis
published 6 August 2018 by Corpus Christi Watershed

R. HORST BUCHHOLZ is well known as Sacred Music Director at the Cathedral of Saint Louis, Vice-President of the Church Music Association of America, and frequent Presenter throughout the world—including the Los Angeles Symposium.

In addition to all of this, he currently serves as artistic director for Pro-Arte Saint Louis:


You can view a recent program from one of their concerts, including works by Jean de Ockeghem (d. 1497), Alexander Agricola (d. 1506), Robert Parsons (d. 1572), Giovanni Battista Casali (d. 1792), Pedro de Aranaz (d. 1825) and many more:

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