måndag 20 augusti 2012

Protestant sounds from the Catholic church

I was late for mass this morning. This is the music I could hear from outside the church.



It is "Tell out my soul" by Henry Greatorex. It is a perfectly nice hymn. But it is resolutely protestant in mood. You would not think you were passing a Catholic church if that was the sound you heard coming out of it.

This is the music that should have been sung at the start of the service yesterday.



Anyone outside the church would be in no doubt that it was a Catholic church when they heard it.

2 kommentarer:

Patricius sa...

"Tell out my soul" sounds Protestant because it is a reworking of the Magnificat with all Marian allusions eliminated.

Physiocrat sa...

Thanks. The music is Protestant as well as the words but I cannot put my finger on it. Possibly it is because it is in D Major, which gives it a bright and confident sound. In this it runs entirely counter to the tentative spirit of even the brightest of the traditional modes used in Catholic music, which perpetuate a tradition which pre-dates Christianity by several millenia.

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