Monday, October 2, 2006

Church Music: "Cultural Vandalism"

Scottish composer takes on the banality of modern music in the Catholic Church.

From Scottland on Sunday:

A devout Catholic, MacMillan uses an article in a religious magazine this weekend to confess his despair of the "screaming microphones" and "incompetently strummed guitars and cringe-making, smiley, cheesy foil groups" which fill churches every Sunday.

He reserves particular venom for two well-known modern hymns, 'Bind Us Together, Lord' and 'Make Me a Channel Of Your Peace', the latter having even been recorded to popular acclaim by Irish singer Daniel O'Donnell.

MacMillan says the hymns amount to "cultural vandalism" and that a backlash against such groups is growing, with more church-goers demanding a return to the traditional music which filled churches before reforms of the 1960s.

He declared: "The church has simply aped the secular West's obsession with 'accessibility', 'inclusiveness', 'democracy' and 'anti-elitism'. The effect of this on liturgy has been a triumph of bad taste and banality and an apparent vacating of the sacred spaces of any palpable sense of the presence of God."

2 comments:

  1. Not the first time he's voiced himself confidently in the public square see: news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/415149.stm
    He's not a rad-trad either (lay Dominican cites Wikipedia
    see:
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_MacMillan_(musician)
    Mr MacMillan is a contemporary composer. Hear a hour long discussion of his Symphonietta online at BBC Radio 3:
    www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/discoveringmusic/pip/e0uds/

    Culture vultures take note: among the din and clamor for our ears, excellence in the secular sphere lends weight to one's moral voice, and can win hearts and minds. Do not settle for mediocrity in liturgy or catechesis, brook no compromise in work and family life, and cease tolerating euphemisms in civic debate. Courage is the virtue necessitated by Love!

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  2. Not the first time he's voiced his faith in the public square: news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/415149.stm.
    He's not a rad-trad either, lay Dominican cites Wikepedia:
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_MacMillan_(musician)
    Mr MacMillan is a contemporary composer. Hear an hourlong discussion of his work Symphonietta online at BBC radio 3: www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/discoveringmusic/pip/e0uds/

    Culture vultures take note: among the din and clamor for our ears, excellence in the secular sphere lends weight to one's moral voice, and can win hearts and minds. Do not settle for mediocrity in liturgy or catechesis, brook no compromise in work and family life, and cease tolerating euphemisms in civic debate. Courage is the virtue necessitated by love!

    ReplyDelete

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