Dr. Ford’s opinions always surprise me; he is a difficult thinker to categorize. His critique of Mahrt is civil and thoughtful. I think I can anticipate Mahrt’s response, but let’s all wait to see.
Paul Ford has an interesting piece in the GIA Quarterly, one that considers the role of chant in the postconciliar liturgy. He takes on the views of William Mahrt as presented in Sacred Music, judging Mahrt to put too much of a premium on beauty in music and not enough on the word as expressed in song.