Guest Barry Oakley Posted July 4, 2007 Share Posted July 4, 2007 I wonder how many on this forum have read today's "The Times" and spotted the following letter? Any thoughts? Less organ music Sir, The decision of the authorities at St Paul’s is both brave and visionary (letters, July 2 , June 23 and 28). Too long has English church music been dominated by the dead hand of the monster that is the post-Victorian pipe organ. Organ music arguably ceased to be in the mainstream of classical music with the death of J. S. Bach and certainly the instrument typically found in Anglican cathedrals is ill-suited to the performance of his works. Perhaps now other cathedral chapters will wake up and consider seriously how their musical establishments can be better brought into the world of contemporary classical music. Let the organ retreat to its original status as supporter of the singing and let the authorities consider widening their resources to include instrumental ensembles much better suited to the Masses by Mozart, Haydn and Schubert now a staple of English cathedral repertoires. MALCOLM BOWDEN, Hartford, Cheshire Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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