These short fantasias in concerto form based on the Gregorian Ecce sacerdos magnus
and I deo jure jurando
were written for the visit of Pope John Paul II to Prague. These pieces of music are used as a standard processional for high-ranking church dignitaries and in keeping with this the solemn sound of the organ is favoured with joyful musical phrasing.
from notes by Petr Eben © 2002
English: Julia Rushworth and Atlas Translations