Friday, January 01, 2016

A Modest New Year's Proposal for Catholic Composers and Donors

Roman Catholic liturgical composers:  Please give us a beautiful Mass with a Gloria that will make its way into the classical canon.

Today's New York Times presents a review by Zachary Woolfe titled "Praying to the Heavens, Looking at the Stars and Revising a Service."  The review addresses a Wednesday performance of Daniel Felsenfeld's work, "Astrophysical Mass" but the real news is a commissioning project called Mass Reimaginings  under the aegis of Trinity Wall Street.  This is an arts project that aims to re-invigorate the Mass as a creative genre in the tradition of Leonard Bernstein.

Could we gather some Roman Catholic patrons of the the arts to underwrite a similar process that aspires to create works of artistic value for the wider world as well as Masses that we can celebrate in our churches.  We could have the premiers at St. Patrick's Cathedral, new and/or old, and all choristers who sing the American English vernacular Mass would be able to sing Gloria without sounding like the needle has stuck on an old phonograph.

Please and thank you.

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