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Renewal and Resistance

Catholic Church Music from the 1850s to Vatican II

by Paul Collins (Volume editor)
©2010 Edited Collection VIII, 283 Pages

Summary

The Roman Catholic Church has always been concerned with the quality of the music used in the liturgy, and the essays in this volume trace the church’s efforts, during the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth, to cultivate a more appropriate liturgical music for its Latin Rite. The task of restoration – expressed, for example, in the chant revival associated with the monks of Solesmes, the efforts of the Cecilian movement, and Pius X’s determination to reform sacred music in the universal church – is a recurring theme in the book. Meanwhile resistance, particularly to the reforms decreed by the pope’s 1903 motu proprio, also finds a voice in the volume. The essays collected here describe selected scenes and episodes from the unending story of imperfect human beings trying to express in their music the perfection of God.

Details

Pages
VIII, 283
Year
2010
ISBN (PDF)
9783035300017
ISBN (Softcover)
9783039113811
DOI
10.3726/978-3-0353-0001-7
Language
English
Publication date
2011 (January)
Keywords
quality of the music used in the liturgy Catholic Church Music Latin Rite reform sacred music
Published
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2010. VIII, 283 pp.

Biographical notes

Paul Collins (Volume editor)

Paul Collins lectures in music at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland. His research interests embrace music theory during the Baroque, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century keyboard music, and nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Catholic church music. His first book, The Stylus Phantasticus and Free Keyboard Music of the North German Baroque, was published in 2005.

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