The affliction many people experience each week in church from the music choices and choosers is not limited to the Anglophone world. You should hear the stuff they play in churches in Italy.
You feel like you are drowning in Lyle’s Golden Syrup.
There is an article on this issue in Espresso, the Italian language "news" magazine. The article has a poll which may interest WDTPRSers.
This is about greater liturgical discipline in church and perhaps banning guitars and pop tunes for Mass.
The Italian Bishops Conference has been looking at rules for music.
"’Repertorio nazionale per i canti della liturgia’, è già stato compilato, e la pubblicazione è attesa entro settembre…. ‘A national repertoire for songs for liturgy", has already been compiled, and it’s publication is expected before the end of September."
The article by Tommaso Cerno is rather tendentious, offering a rather condescending view of the more traditional position.
Here is my translation of the poll page:
Baglioni out of churches.
What do you think?
The Vatican prohibits guitars and profane folk tunes.
What do you think?
LISTEN to a list of banned songs.
READ the article.
According to you…
- Right, let’s leave the tunes in the juke box
- This is absurd, it’s only another chance to drive away young people
- A return to discipline, could make sense, but guitars during Mass is surely a minor problem.
Here are the results at the time I am writing.
My personal vote was for the first choice: "E’ giusto, le canzonette lasciamole ai juke box"
Listen to the tune by Baglioni mentioned at the top of the poll and article (Fratello Sole Sorella Luna) by Claudio Baglioni.
There is a list of approved songs.
Do WDTPRSers have an opinion?
You can vote if you want. I picked the first option, but choose as it pleases you to choose.
UPDATE 22 Sept 2152 GMT
UPDATE 24 Sept 1947 GMT