Quam pulchri sunt gressus tui
has an obscure genesis which seems to celebrate the legend of the Blessed Virgin Mary visiting Toledo Cathedral in ad666, when she appeared to Bishop St Ildefonso. At any rate the text is unique: the first sentence comes from the Song of Songs
, the second from the Feast of the Descent as it was presented locally in Toledo up to the end of the nineteenth century.
from notes by Peter Phillips © 1997