Musical Disharmony Part II
The flap over the papal Mass music continues. The Archdiocese of Washington has released a list of some of the music that will be performed at the papal Mass at Nationals Park. Mass music director Tom Stehle has described the selections as music that "represents our long Catholic and Christian tradition and the current diversity of our church."
But some Catholic music traditionalists still aren't happy. They had erupted in protest last week when a list purporting to be the music selections for the Mass were posted. As it turns out, some of the archdiocese's music selections are on that list, but others are not.
William Mahrt, president of the Church Music Association of America, is critical of the selections. He wants some selections of Gregorian chant and more music by classical composers, such as Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Bruckner, and Stravinsky.
"How does this list represent 'our long Catholic tradition'?" Mahrt asks in an e-mail to the Post. "Why
do other Christian traditions and diversity so strongly trump the tradition of Catholic Church music, which the [Second Vatican] Council called a treasury of inestimable value, especially since Pope Benedict has given clear signs that he wants these to be more widely employed in the liturgy."
Stay tuned. The music announced so far is just for processions and the prelude. No word yet on the music selections for the Mass itself.
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