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Composer to stop writing congregational music

28 November 2013 | by Christopher Lamb | Comments: 0

A leading Catholic composer has announced he will no longer write congregational music for the Church, writes Christopher Lamb.James MacMillan, who was commissioned to compose a Mass setting for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Britain in 2010, says he has stopped writing in order to help the Church rediscover the tradition of chant. He said that too much congregational music was being created and he criticised some of the material composed for Catholic congregations in the decades after the Second Vatican Council. Writing a blog posting on The Telegraph’s website, MacMillan described such music as “mind-numbingly depressing banality … The style is stodgy and sentimental, tonally and rhythmically stilted, melodically inane and adored by Catholic clergy ‘of a cer ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........

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