D. Bartolucci's O Sacrum Convivium, Tantum Ergo, Veni Creator Spiritus, Christus Est, & Ubi Caritas et Amor, Sung by Coro Interuniversitario
An interview with the composer/conductor/cardinal above, in which he "says that although sacred music is currently in crisis, there are signs of hope" — Sacred Music in Crisis. His Eminence's conclusion:
- For sacred music, the great patriarchs are Palestrina and Bach.
Palestrina was the one who first intuited what the perfect adjustment of polyphony to the sacred text means. It was no accident that the Council of Trent referred to him to establish the canons of sacred music. Bach is also great but reflects more the spirit of the Nordics.
In any case, both show that music is made with the great songs of the Church.
The West has a very rich musical history that has been taken up by many Eastern cultures. The need exists today to recover it and to give it the style and space in the place in which the liturgy was established.