I needed today.
The Solemn TLM this morning at Assumption Grotto parish in Detroit was well-attended and well served. The music, by Stravinsky, was – for me – transporting. It was a delight to hear the Mass in the setting for which it was composed, a Mass written from true piety. A great advantage was having a conductor who is a priest, who loves the older Mass and who also has a veneration for the composer. He really got it. I heard things in the music I hadn’t ever heard in recordings.
After Mass there was a big parish event, a luncheon and raffle and your usual parish fundraiser things with lots of people and kids (note the distinction). Quite a few blog readers!
Then a real treat.
Fr. Perrone is a gifted musician. His instrument is the pianoforte. He and a parishioner, a very good soprano (not to mention mother of a seminarian) gave a mini recital in the parlor of the rectory of small song cycle by a 20th century Italian Francesco Santoliquido. This little known writer fell out of favor after the war for having written some anti-Jewish things. He eventually settled in Anacapri and Anacapri was the setting of the songs I heard today, for soprano and piano.
The songs themselves were evocative. You were on Capri, in the different times of day and different seasons. Santoliquido also wrote the texts. The performance was fine.
But one of the best aspects of it was the decorum of the moment.
People used to learn to play and sing and they would provide their own live entertainment in their homes. They read aloud and played music and sang. You regulars know that I enjoy the books of Patrick O’Brien in which the principles play music together on shipboard. Many people were accomplished.
It was so very human. It was a delight.
Then… off for ice cream with the priests of the house and the sister from the convent.
People should be together on Sundays.