From a reader:
Just an interesting link that highlights a requiem mass presided by
three FSSP priests set to Mozart’s Requiem…if I only could be so
lucky to have it like this for my funeral!! Even though I must
ask…is this performance of the piece too distracting during Mass?
Well… decidedly yes, if it’s poorly performed.
Some people will prefer Gregorian chant or unaccompanied polyphony. Some prefer the orchestral Mass. Some like silence. It’s all one.
You cannot be distracted from prayer by prayer.
[Note that I do not include above any mention of the usual music people hear in parishes.]
Music for Mass must be sacred in its texts and its idiom and it must be art, in its composition and its performance. An idiom can shift over generations, but generally people who know music recognize when something is suited for divine worship or not. When people who do not know what the terms “sacred”, and “art” imply, then they should not be making choices about the use of music in churches.
Alas, the barbarians took over.