Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Musical and liturgical snobbery

and, really, what are the rest of us supposed to do? (those of us dealing with the "average Catholic" on a daily basis, without our huge schola and sympathetic congregation...)

Cantor raises excellent points here, particular references to attitudes (as seen distinctly in the original thread quoted,) which seriously make me question whether or not I want to go to Colloquium this year.

practical issues, people.

(perhaps that's why Colloquium is called "Seven Days of Musical Heaven" --because most of us won't see anything like it while on this earth...)

4 comments:

lvschant said...

thanks for the link... I have been reading the forum posts and was glad to see Cantor's blog and the comments received there. I agree that, in most places, any sort of instantaneous change from Gather-type music to all chant and polyphony all the time would never work (we've seen the results in many places).

On the other hand, learning from those who have so much knowledge in the Catholic treasures can only enhance the baby steps we are each able to make at our own parishes. Few music directors can afford to be purists in the run-of-the-mill Catholic parish. Seeing the ideal (or at least another way) at the colloquium helps keep the goal in sight.

Please go to the colloquium... your beautiful voice would be sadly missed if you don't...

Janet (vox feminae).

lvschant said...

PS Or better yet, join the Chant Intensive group...

Mara Joy said...

except that I totally disagree with the CMAA/Scott's/Old Solemnes method of interpreting chant. If I go to Colloquium, it will not be to learn how to sing chant, I can sight-read almost anything pretty darn well. When I get a chance, I want to go to Collegeville and study under Fr. Ruff and learn how to REALLY read and sing chant!

Cantor said...

Mara,

Speaking of Fr. Ruff, have you read his book? It’s expensive, but very reasonable throughout, IMO.