Friday, November 16, 2012
Check out these words spoken in 1966 at the Fifth International Church Music Congress:
"We are told that the Latin chants will remain in use for celebrations of an international level. But, let us be serious for a moment! If it was possible for us to sing all together without any difficulty, at the opening of the Congress, with one voice singing the same Veni Creator and the Pange Lingua, it is because each one of us knew these pieces already in his own country using the same language and the same music. To pretend that our successors deprived of the same preparation will be able spontaneously to do the same one day, when they will find themselves next to their brothers from other lands, could be justified at best by a strong act of faith in the revival of the miracle of Pentecost, but we do not see any other argument in favor of such a consolation."
-Jacques Chailley of the University of Paris
at 10:21 AM