Maybe you have heard of “Parody Masses”. This is a technical term for a polyphonic Mass that elaborated a melody, often secular. For example, there is the famous Masses by Josquin des Prez, the Missa “L’homme armé”, based on a secular tune, though the “armed man” might be St. Michael. Dozens of Masses were composed based on this theme. Other Parody Masses are are based on a sacred hymn or antiphon, such as the Missa “Pange Lingua” by Josquin (not pronounced “hose-queen”, which I have actually heard). Many composers wrote many Masses this way.
In our modern time have you ever thought when listening to some out of tune guitars during Mass that you have heard that tune before?
In seminary, I’d swear we played one that sounded like the theme to Gilligan’s Island and another just like the old Hamm’s beer commercials.
Over at Corpus Christi Watershed (a great resource for learning Gregorian chant, by the way), there is something that you survivors of 70’s and 80’s church “music” are going to find a real hoot. You readers of The Pill and The Fishwrap… not so much, I think.
Jeff Ostrowski found a remarkable similarity between the commercial jingle for “My Little Pony” and a Mass setting by Dan Schutte of the St. Louis Jesuits.
So, go read what Ostrowski has to say over there, but here is a sample of the Missa “Mannula mea”.
A search on My Little Pony leaves me confused. So I looked it up, as one does!
On the one hand, it sounded promising with the World’s Biggest Tea Party. “Could it be”, I wondered, “a, like, young conservative starter program?”
Boy… er um… cis-trans-er… was I wrong!
Then I saw all the stuff about “Rainbow Power” and “Runaway Rainbow” and “Equestria Girls” and “Friendship is Magic”, blah blah, and I got out of Dodge. Fast. The recent Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood thing was depressing enough, after all.
The internet is a danger place!