- the breathtaking simplicity of this ancient music and somehow also of the underlying text
- the richness of the text, as concise and dense as Latin is when carefully crafted for education, so much more than today’s Italian and comparable to the tersest English
- The setting, to the accompaniment to neighing horses, in a cascina which is indeed the latest evolution of the eminently catholic land management form St. Bernard of Clairvaux and his order brought to the Po river valley
Beyond this all, I do feel the most amazing is the message that these religious songs, addressing each moment of the roman catholic mass per the Ambrosian rite, are more than a piece of Milan’s cultural heritage. Promoters, including Milan’s town government, argue and recommend to continue using them daily in catholic mass ritual in the region. Bold, and challenging, both for the flavour of this ancient music and the arcane density of the foreign language, similar to Italian and still known to few.