Saturday, September 6, 2014

"The first problem was the intelligibility of the text." Msgr. Charles Pope reflects on the historical reception of new forms of sacred music.

I'd forgotten about this fantastic essay until yesterday. Msgr. Pope thinks about the modern musical controversies by looking backwards over the centuries.
This controversy took place during the years of the Council of Trent, and though some scholars are dubious of all the details, it is reported that there were Council Fathers who were serious about seeing that sacred polyphony was forever banned from the Catholic liturgy. Among those who came to the rescue, I am happy to report, was my patron Saint, St. Charles Borromeo.
Read the whole thing here.