Saturday, May 1, 2010
Some Thoughts on the Loss of Gregorian Chant
Alas, though we love to listen to it on CDs, the sound of Gregorian Chant is seldom heard among Lutherans and this is sad. I am not advocating giving up what we have but suggesting that this is a form worthy of retention as we add to it the various other forms of music and chant. We struggle with it so now because we are so accustomed to through composed musical forms, or, the refrain and chant settings found in such abundance today. While I do retain a certain fondness for the Deutsche Messe and its hymnic settings of the ordinary, I do not think it healthy that a congregation choose these for exclusive use. As much as I like rhymed and metrical forms, they do impose a certain wooden character to the free flowing character of the ordinary.
Just a few thoughts as I sit preparing for tomorrow and the Divine Service...