"It's beauty is beyond discussion, at least to reasonable people" and that is the problem, reasonable people for those who hate this are really unreasonable!
My parents married in 1945 and I was born in 1953 as the youngest of three. So we were a pre-Vatican II family until 1965 when we became a post-Vatican II family, so I am an eye-witness to this grand historic shift in the Church, but my parents would have had a more nuanced understanding of it at the time.
My father was an early to bed and early to rise sort of person. He was a simple person too. He liked the early Sunday morning Low Mass because, well, it was short and of noble simplicity. So that is the Mass we attended until the Sunday anticipated Mass was possible in the late '60's and then that was the Mass of choice on Saturday night.
But we did go to the Tridentine's High Mass for Easter and Christmas and maybe a few times during the year, but not frequently. I never attended a Solemn High Mass with deacon or subdeacon until I actually celebrated it a couple of years ago as a Requiem.
When I was ordained a deacon in November of 1979 in Baltimore at St. Mary's Seminary, the next day (Sunday) I took my family to the Cathedral of Mary our Queen around the corner from the seminary for their sung Mass. I happen to love that Cathedral, which the Episcopalians would call, the Cathedral of Mary "Their" Queen. It was as high as an Ordinary Form Mass could be in a very high Cathedral. I don't remember who the priest was but he gave a stunning homily which impressed me at the time, though I couldn't tell you now what he said. But afterward my family, including my sister and father said that it was "too high-faluting for them." By that they meant the grandeur of the Cathedral itself, but also the pomp of this humble Ordinary Form Sung Mass.
Keep in mind our parishes in Augusta are simple church buildings and by that time in the late 1970's the noble simplicity of the Mass meant barely any singing of the Mass itself and certainly no incense, pomp and circumstance, that was all pre-Vatican II stuff.
But even the EF Mass can be celebrated simply certainly as a low Mass and even as a Sung "High" Mass. It is the Pontifical High Mass that has all the pomp and circumstance that can be off putting for some, especially with all the brocade and lace that seems to bring out homophobia of progressives to no end.
But most parishes seldom if ever had a Pontifical High Mass or even a Solemn High Mass. Their Masses when sung or spoken were by the book although I do think that many priests but not all would speed read the Mass and be rather sloppy in their reading of it, but since the Mass was mostly quiet and with the priest facing the liturgical east, it wasn't as noticeable as it is in the OF Mass if that take place.
And in the OF Mass, if one adds a lot of pomp and circumstance, it is based on what the priest of liturgy committee wants, not what is necessarily prescribed, since so little is prescribed in the rubrics or GIRM for choreography and ceremony of the OF Mass. So in the OF Mass the cult of the personality either of the priest or the parish is foisted upon the congregation by the creativity employed to "dress" things up.
Not so in the EF! You have strict rubrics and instructions for each form of the EF Mass from the Low Mass, to the Sung Mass, to the Solemn Sung Mass to the Pontifical Sung Mass. It is not left to the creativity or idiosyncrasies of the liturgy committee or the priest as to how any of these will look. It written in the ceremony and in great minute detail.
The National Catholic Reporter has a snarky blog on the Pontifical High Mass that has Cardinal Burke making comments on the EF's beauty and the need to recover this beauty. YOU CAN READ IT BY PRESSING HERE, BUT NOTICE THE COMMENTS THAT FOLLOW! "The pomp, the color, the splendor, the lavishness, the gold -- especially the impossibly gold vestments, the gold candlesticks, the gold statues -- is just overwhelming. This, Burke explains, is the sort of worship Jesus wants. The video is titled "The Call of Beauty." I wonder what the reaction of thoughtful Catholics might be."
But nothing in the NCR's brief blog nor the video shows anything but a Pontifical High Mass celebrated by the books. But to describe this setting and this style of the EF Mass the typical Mass in the typical parish shows how prejudicial the blogger is and how prejudicial those who only want the OF Mass and a very stripped down version of it or a very puffed up version based upon the celebrant's idiosyncrasies want today. It is sad to say the least.