Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Liturgy and Music

Although I am personally too much of a music illiterate to get the maxim benefit out of the sections of this book referring to chant and polyphony, I have to agree with the reviews that this book is a real blockbuster and the perfect gift for any church musician. If the church musician himself or herself buys the book and likes it, they should share it with their priests. Priests who are musically illiterate (like me) should still read the first and last parts of this wonderful book.

What I like best about it, after reading the book of Laszlo Dobszay (Part I and Part II), is that William Mahrt brings you almost to where Dobszay wanted to go with liturgical renewal, but without confrontation, upheaval or anguish. He's a man after my own heart.

As I am able, I'll comment on a couple of fine ideas from that book.

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