… and not just any Vespers. Even the shine of a post praising the sublime 1610 Vespers of the Blessed Virgin of Claudio Monteverdi (recently played in KC) isn’t totally free of the grumbling long associated with the reform2 crew.
Maybe now that the motu proprio is out, we’ll be able to make liturgical use of this masterful setting of the Divine Office at some point.
Clearly, it’s not enough that you can drive the bridge into Jersey and get a live earful. Gavin surfaces a question that would’ve gotten me banned:
See, this is what grinds my gears about motumania. Why couldn’t we do this before? What would stop anyone from performing one of Monteverdi’s psalms at Mass? Certainly the ordinary form is a MUCH better venue for it, since the GIRM allows psalms to be used in place of the introit and such. And if you wish to use these for a service of Vespers, why not? Only priests are required to pray the new Liturgy of the Hours, there’s nothing that says a group of lay Catholics can’t celebrate it (and use Monteverdi).
Indeed. While I’d prefer vespers psalmody that was sung by musicians and pewfolk alike, the only thing stopping Michael Lawrence or anybody else from performing part or all of this piece is resources. Those NLM people have probably banned all the lute players and would have a hopeless task recruiting ensemble musicians to pull it off. Better stick to chant, guys.