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A lot of the favoured new settings are musically illiterate, almost is if they were written by semi-trained teenagers, getting to grips with musical rudiments. The style is stodgy and sentimental, tonally and rhythmically stilted, melodically inane and adored by Catholic clergy “of a certain age.” Some Catholic dioceses run courses for wannabe composers to perpetuate this style. It is a scandal. People with hardly any training and experience of even the basic building blocks of music have been convinced that there is a place for their puerile stumblings and fumblings in the modern Catholic Church because real musicians are elitist and off-putting.
— James MacMillan (20 November 2013)

1904 Our Position (Raphael Molitor)
published 19 March 2013 by Corpus Christi Watershed

km0_GCT-tome_1904_Our_Position HE FOLLOWING BOOK has been made available for free download courtesy of the Jean de Lalande Library. If you appreciate these efforts, please consider making a donation by using the link at the top of the page.

      * *  1904 Fr. Raphael Molitor • “Our Position” (PDF)

We had the honor of making the CMAA aware of the existence and importance of Dom Molitor’s book, and we even donated our copy, which was subsequently scanned by the CMAA for inclusion in the Sacred Music Magazine. We were glad to donate our book for this purpose. Here’s the CMAA scan (much higher quality than our scan):

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• Our position : a word in reference to the plain chant question in view of the recent pronouncements of Pius X and the Congregation of Sacred Rites. Raphael Molitor English Book | : | 56 pages 1904 : : Ratisbon [etc.] : F. Pustet •