Category Archives: Liturgical Music

CDCN: Disdain for Tradition

Picking up on the perceived rejection of plainsong, more from the statement Cantate Domino Canticum Novum: 4. This disdain for Gregorian chant and traditional repertoires is one sign of a much bigger problem, that of disdain for Tradition. Sacrosanctum Concilium … Continue reading

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Preludes

Are Catholics uncaring of organ repertoire as suggested here? Katharine Harmon speculates: I was asked by a student today, “I just don’t understand why we need to have organ repertoire.  When would you ever use it?”  I stared at the … Continue reading

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CDCN: The Challenges of Renewal

The statement Cantate Domino Canticum Novum, in their third point considering “The Current Situation,” looks to the problem of “a ‘renewal’ that does not reflect Church teaching but rather serves their own agenda, worldview, and interests.” I would say that these … Continue reading

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CDCN: Secularism, Commercialism, Anthropocentrism

More from the statement Cantate Domino Canticum Novum. In their second of six analyses of “The Current Situation,” the concerned musicians level criticism at aspects of the liturgy they believe has adopted too much of the qualities of contemporary culture. … Continue reading

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CDCN: Singing The Mass

Continuing our look at Cantate Domino Canticum Novum, the concerned church musicians outline the first of six concerns. They write of “a loss of understanding of the ‘musical shape of the liturgy,’ that is, that music is an inherent part … Continue reading

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CDCN: The Current Situation

The concerned church musicians behind Cantate Domino Canticum Novum (henceforth abbreviated CDCN) offered six talking points under the heading, “The Current Situation.” Before we get to the details, let me reiterate an opinion: I think nearly all church musicians serve … Continue reading

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Cantate Domino Canticum Novum Introduction

Cantate Domino Canticum Novum is subtitled “A Statement  on the Current Situation of Sacred Music.” None of the published versions I’ve seen identify the “undersigned” referenced in the pre-introduction paragraph. They do note their “great love for the Church’s treasury … Continue reading

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