Thursday, March 22, 2007

recorded music in church?

Does anyone know if it is still forbidden to use any recorded music (at all!) in any liturgical services?
This document from 1958 seems to think so... (see #71)

but it's also pre-Vatican II (although I'm certainly no decrier of things pre-Vatican II, I just couldn't find this verified in any of the Vatican II documents.)
and it also forbids the organ during Lent and Advent and stuff? (I know, there's been lots of discussion online about that issue, but with my particular issue at the moment, I was just wondering if it has either been reaffirmed or modified since 1958!)


Brian Michael Page said...

Yup - still forbidden. Liturgical music has to come natural. That's never changed, and hopefully never will.

Gavin said...

I'm not aware of any rule. My boss HAS explicitly banned it, and I can't say I disagree with him. My rationale is that the ORGANIST/pianist/whatever plays for the service. I find it disrespectful towards us to refuse us the opportunity to play a piece. We once had a visiting flutist for a wedding use an accompaniment track (we didn't realize she was doing this until it started) and I found it rather offensive. But you're the music director at your parish. You should have the right to make that call.