Monday, November 22, 2010

Domenico Cardinal Bartolucci's O Sacrum Convivium Performed by Cappella Musicale Pontificia Sistina, Directed by Giuseppe Liberto

A composition by the recently red-hatted "elderly and rather conservative Domenico Bartolucci," who is "the only one of the 24 new cardinals that will not be a bishop" — Another Non-Bishop Cardinal as of November 20 -- Maestro Bartolucci. We Could Have A Total Of 4.

You have heard His Eminence's music on these pages before — Domenico Bartolucci's Jubilate Deo, Ave Maria & Sicut Cervus, Rossini Chamber Choir, Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini, Simone Baiocchi. You have also read about His Eminence Domenico Cardinal Bartolucci on these pages, before "Benedict's conferral of the purple on him" was seen as "an unambiguous rehabilitation of this preeminent maestro of Gregorian and polyphonic liturgical music, treacherously expelled from the direction of the Sistine choir in 1997 by the directors of pontifical ceremonies at the time."

Don't miss this four-year-old interview with the "first-rate witness to the misfortunes that have plagued sacred music over the past half century" — I Had a Dream: The Music of Palestrina and Gregory the Great Had Come Back. "An outstanding interpreter of Gregorian chant and of the polyphony of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, he is at the same time the victim of their near annihilation," said Sandro Magister, continuing:
    When the curia of John Paul II planned and carried out the dismissal of Bartolucci as director of the papal choir of the Sistine Chapel, only Joseph Ratzinger, then a cardinal, was on his side.

    Now, with the election of Ratzinger as pope, there is a real chance that the course of this drama will be reversed, and that Gregorian chant and polyphony will be returned to their central place in the Church. But neither Benedict XVI nor Bartolucci are so naïve as not to perceive the extreme difficulty of this undertaking.

    For the Church to draw once more from the treasury of its great sacred music, there is, in fact, the need for a formidable effort of reeducation, and for liturgical reeducation even before musical.
His Eminence, asked about "the current vulgarization of sacred music," responded:
    Today the fashion in the churches is for pop-inspired songs and the strumming of guitars, but the fault lies above all with the pseudo-intellectuals who have engineered this degeneration of the liturgy, and thus of music, overthrowing and despising the heritage of the past with the idea of obtaining who knows what advantage for the people. If the art of music does not return to its greatness, rather than representing an accommodation or a byproduct, there is no sense in asking about its function in the Church. I am against guitars, but I am also against the superficiality of the Cecilian movement in music – it’s more or less the same thing. Our motto must be: let us return to Gregorian chant and to polyphony in the tradition of Palestrina, and let us continue down this road!
And he was just getting started. Tolle, lege!

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Blogger tubbs said...

On this glorious day you must be thanked for presenting us, your readers, with such gems all year long. Hail Bright Cecilia!

11:53 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

You're most welcome. I rejoice at any hint that the music posted here is listened to. Let us thank those who made it.

"Hail Bright Cecilia!" Indeed!

12:10 AM  

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