Saturday, February 11, 2012
You brought nothing into this world and you can take nothing out... or can you?
The music of the faith and for the faith endures because it sings the eternal Word. Would that we all took this to heart when choosing the music for the liturgy (both the hymns intrinsic to the Divine Service for Lutherans and the attendant music of the choir and organ or other instruments). Instead, it is our great temptation to choose music on the basis of what we as clergy or musicians like or what the people want. We justify poor music because we fail to see the eternal character of the Word(s) we sing.
BTW I wonder if the music Augustine has in mind has more in common with chant than it does the polyphonic music we might think of first...