Category Archives: Music

Staff Liner

Cleaning out the music room at my new parish, I found something I hadn’t seen in years. There are no blackboards left in the building; the parish converted to white and dry-erase markers years ago. Anybody still using these?

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In Paradisum

As a player of plucked and hammered instruments, I have yet to encounter a plainsong melody that doesn’t work wonderfully well on these. Voices, yes, of course are optimal. But there is something about plainsong on an instrument like the … Continue reading

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Non-Catholics In The Catholic Choir

Fr Anthony Ruff addresses a very pertinent issue on PrayTell today. His final questions and a citation from the USCCB’s Sing to the Lord: The issue is shot through with lots of complication, and application of any principles will require … Continue reading

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Dulcimer Attention

It’s not that the new music director is so interesting–these guys want to know about the hammer dulcimer.

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San Ignacio de Loyola, the Opera

Until a few years ago, I had not been aware Jesuits were known for drama, even opera. But here is a link to a chamber opera by Domenico Zipoli, one of the first composed in Latin America. Celebrate the saint … Continue reading

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Hymn To Glacier Peak

I’ve been studying up on the geology of my new state. Some basic Wikipedia stuff, but also this summary of the last thirty-seven million years of the Pacific Northwest. This is far headier and (potentially) more dangerous stuff than the … Continue reading

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Musical Critique

Jimmy Mac sent me this link to a brief opinion piece at The Tablet. For me, the text and commentariat both illustrate perfectly how the hermeneutic of subtraction has infiltrated both the realms of religion and music. Many remarks give … Continue reading

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