Andrew M. Seddon
A review of Real Music: A Guide to the Timeless Hymns of the Church
AGAINST SELF-IMPOSED ICONOCLASM
Lucy E. Carroll
AN INCOMPLETE BICENTENNIAL
Pennsylvania built the first Catholic churches in the U.S., and its music gained renown even among non-Catholics.
AND WHY IT WILL PROBABLY STAY THAT WAY
If music sounds like the background to a social dance or what one hears while sipping margaritas, it has not been subordinated to the sacred.
Lucille A. Flynn
Psalm tones were used in Jewish synagogues and may have been the model for the chant sung in the early Christian Church.
King George II rose from his seat during a performance of Messiah, then others rose because etiquette required everyone to rise whenever the king rose.
The question of musical excellence lingers. A primary objection to it is that it’s elitist or exclusive.
SORRY, CHURCH MUSIC IS NOT AN EGALITARIAN ART
Joseph P. Swain
Parishes should be taught, preferably by example, that music is not by nature a democratic art and that musical values — like doctrines — are not subject to vote.
There's a lot of debate about the music in Catholic parishes, including the words of hymns.
- Karl Keating