ONSTANT CRITICS are deleterious and corrosive. The internet is full of people who find fault with everything. That being said, in the past we’ve sometimes pointed out errors in the Solesmes books—e.g. here and here—to show that even the very best make mistakes. Realizing this, we obtain the strength necessary to avoid paralysis.
Consider this page from the New English Hymnal:
This is not very good voice leading, folks. They should have stuck with the harmonization in Woodward’s book. Yet, that’s one of the best hymnals.
IT IS IMPORTANT to point out and praise musicians who are accomplishing nice things. Consider what Mr. Jacob Flaherty has been up to:
* * Article • Palestrina’s Missa Aeterna Christi Munera
The video excerpts (which I wish were available on YouTube) sound very good. And if the recordings sound good, the real life sound must have been marvelous, as we’ve discussed.