EVERAL times in recent years, we have featured composer Paul Jernberg on this blog (e.g., here and here). This is for good reason. Jernberg writes beautiful music, eminently fitting for the sacred liturgy. He is also involved in worthwhile projects such as the Magnificat Institute of Sacred Music.
Recently, Jernberg has undertaken a new project that deserves attention. As he explains, he wanted to write a book sharing his insights about truth, beauty, and goodness in relation to Catholic sacred music. In the process of writing, he decided that the material might be more effective if it were to be published online and in installments. A few of the installments have already begun to appear on his website.
Jernberg’s blogging retains the structure of his intended book. It will proceed in a few major sections:
Part I: Holy Repertoire
Part II: Humble Artistry
Part III: Fire of Love
Something wonderful about this work is that it is available not only in written format, but also as a series of podcasts. If it is easier to listen to each installment, recordings are available here.
Jernberg’s music is a delight to hear, and I am sure this new project will be enlightening to read.