This is Paulus' setting of 'Splendid Jewel' a fourteenth-century lauda found in the Florence Laudario. Laude were songs in praise of God (laudes Domini) written in vernacular Italian and performed by Franciscan priests and other mendicant preachers in line with St Francis of Assisi's instruction to his followers to preach and to sing God's praises to the people. The fact that they were in Italian rather than Latin gave these laude a relevance and immediacy to the public which the Latin liturgy lacked. They became particularly important during the Holy Week processions of the faithful. As time passed the laude became ever more technically demanding and were performed by professional salaried musicians the laudesi. Paulus' setting of an English language translation of the a lauda text makes use of vocal lines whose combinations of unisons or fourths and fifths evoke medieval chant which he augments and contrasts with music written in his own modern harmonic style to produce a remarkably enjoyable modern Marian motet. I was very taken with it, enjoy :-).