About this blogger:
A theorist, organist, and conductor, Jeff Ostrowski holds his B.M. in Music Theory from the University of Kansas (2004), and did graduate work in Musicology. He serves as choirmaster for the new FSSP parish in Los Angeles, where he resides with his wife and children.
Connect on Facebook:
Connect on Twitter:
“The following few hints on the selection of voices may be useful: (1) Reject all boys who speak roughly, or sing coarsely; (2) Choose bright, intelligent-looking boys, provided they have a good ear; they will much more readily respond to the choirmaster’s efforts than boys who possess a voice and nothing more; therefore, (3) Reject dull, sulky, or scatter-brained boys, since it is hard to say which of the three has the most demoralizing effect on his more willing companions.”
— Sir Richard Runciman Terry (1912)

Church Music Dubia Remain Unanswered
published 29 September 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

Y PARENTS raised us to behave in a certain way. We were taught to treat others with respect, use our time wisely, place God before anything else, and never be dishonest. My mother grew up in extreme poverty, causing a special sensitivity for the poor. She would personally drive mothers in desperate situations to the supermarket and let them buy 5-6 bags of groceries—and then she would pay the bill. Along with her on such errands would come all five children (including me). Both my parents had zero tolerance for laziness or disrespectful behavior.

Today’s world strikes me as a completely different place: a real clown show! Even things everyone used to agree on, such as standing during the National Anthem, are out the window.

Many people, even those who self-identify as “traditional” Catholics, sit on Twitter and hurl childish insults in a most disgusting and reprehensible manner. Decent people these days seem few and far between.

Perhaps this is why the “Church Dubia” remain unanswered. We’ve stated the Dubia over and over on this blog, as our readers know (e.g. 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08) and I won’t be going through all that again.

ONE OF THE MAJOR QUESTIONS in the “Church Dubia” is as follows:

What styles of music should be forbidden at Mass?

For fifty years, progressive liturgists have insisted that all styles of music are “equally suitable” for use during Holy Mass. But sensible people realize different styles of music do different things. For example, it’s hard to imagine anything more repugnant than WWF wrestling. But if you look on YouTube, the music they choose is perfectly suited to that trashy “sport.”

Consider the following (which is not church music, but still very nice):

    * *  Mp3 Audio • Excerpts from Gladiator Movie

Can there be any doubt that different styles of music evoke different feelings?

I fear that a serious discussion regarding which styles of music are appropriate for the Holy Mass will not commence until a generation arrives that can process a statement longer than 140 characters. I hope I am wrong.