Wednesday, March 15, 2017
FINALLY AN ENGLISHMAN ANSWERS MY QUESTION ABOUT THE APPEAL OF MODERN MUSIC, LIKE WORSHIP AND PRAISE AND OTHER CONTEMPORARY MELODIES THAT SOUND LIKE PIANO BARS OR BROADWAY PRODUCTIONS
In his 1907 book Catholic Church Music, Sir Richard R. Terry wrote:
I think we may say that modern individualistic music, with its realism and emotionalism, may stir human feeling, but it can never create that atmosphere of serene spiritual ecstasy that the old music generates. It is a case of mysticism versus hysteria. Mysticism is a note of the Church: it is healthy and sane. Hysteria is of the world: it is morbid and feverish, and has no place in the Church. Individual emotions and feelings are dangerous guides, and the Church in her wisdom recognizes this. Hence in the music which she gives us, the individual has to sink his personality, and become only one of the many who offer their corporate praise.