NPM sent me a link for the selections of music for the pope’s visit, including the less-fussed-about NY selections, all overseen by Dr Jennifer Pascual, music director at St Patrick’s Cathedral.
NLM had the scoop a few weeks ago, courtesy of Jeffrey Tucker, who in turn noted his contact at the top, as it were:
(Dr Pascual) was kind enough to provide a list of the music being performed at the various events, and the performers taking part in the events.
The tenor of his comment boxes (actually, the basses, altos, sopranos, accompanists and clergy, too) must have made an impression on him. Most of the commentariat focused on “theologically unsound – and dreadful rubbish” and “a song celebrating the real absence” and “why did this drivel slip through?” and “the Western liturgical tradition is effectively dead.” With friends like that, you can’t help but join in the negativity of all creation:
It’s been pointed out to me something I should have noticed: there is NOT ONE Gregorian proper! That’s absurd and it’s also absurd that I didn’t notice this.
It’s also rather absurb to see “Jesus Remember Me” associated with the neo-60’s. Chalk it up to the dictatorship of personal taste, I guess.
Do you suppose if Dr Pascual saw these comments if she would be as kind to NLM on the next request?