Monday, May 08, 2006

Music again...

A clip from a post at Openbook:

The history of liturgical music in the West is rather complex and has always been marked by the tension between prayer/worship and performance. There have been several times throughout history in which bishops and Popes have felt the need to step in and say "Whoa" to certain musical trends and developments.

Amy goes on to quote a document from Saint Pope Pius X. I recall reading a biography of Pius X where he wanted to reform music in the liturgy from concert-type performance with all kinds of instruments, (but still classical music) and restore Gregorian chant.

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