Monday, August 29, 2011

A Talking Point

Dr. Philip Blosser is the 'blogmaster at "Musings of Pertinacioius Papist", a 'blog I first read as I was starting and now am happy to have rediscovered.

His latest post is a reprint of an article from the July/August issue of the New Oxford Review.

That article was authored by Dr. Lucy E. Carroll, the organist/director at the Carmelite Monastery in Philadelphia and an adjunct associate professor at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Princeton.

It is a summation of what has happened to music in the Mass in the past 40+ years and how, with the implementation of the revised Roman Missal, it can be changed.

Just more food for thought.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The "Spanish Palestrina"

Today marks the 400th. anniversary of the death of Spanish Renaissance composer Tomas Luis de Victoria. A contemporary of Giovanni Palestrina and Orlando Lasso, his sacred music is of the highest quality and beauty.

How fitting, then, to share with you the Introit to his Missa Pro Defunctis, a Requiem Mass in honor of the Empress Maria.