James MacMillan on "the Mass the Scots wouldn't sing"
  • ...well, almost. It's a pretty horrifying tale.

    I'm linking to the complete version at Fr. Zuhlsdorf's blog, so you can get Z's comments.
  • DougS
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    Simply amazing.
  • francis
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    I want to hear this and then put in my two cents. Where can it be heard?

    I was not impressed with his Passion.
  • OlbashOlbash
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    Disclaimer: I'm a *huge* fan of MacMillan's music.

    After reading what he wrote in this post about the dealings he had with the liturgeists, I was expecting MacMillan's Mass setting to be some erudite exercise in an avant garde style.

    Then I listened to it.

    Really? Really people? All that bitterness and arguing over a beautiful, accessible piece of music? Any organist who collects a salary for his work should be able to play this piece without an undue amount of practice. Even the choir singing at the papal Mass (obviously not a polished group) was able to sing it accurately. What on earth was all the fuss about?

    MacMillan has given us a gorgeous yet practical setting of the new English translation of the Mass. I hope it gets some play time in the U.S.
  • francis
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  • You can watch it here