Remembering Cardinal Domenico Bartolucci / Ricordando il Cardinale Domenico Bartolucci (eng-ita) – M° Colin Mawby

I first heard the Sistine Choir conducted by Domenico Bartolucci at the Pueri Cantores Congress at Loreto in 1963. It was singing Palestrina’s “Missa Papae Marcelli” and I was bowled over by its vocal opulence and dynamic range, from bell like pianissimos to overwhelming fortissimos. Domenico was appointed Director of the Sistine Choir by Pius…

Few suggestions to write a decent liturgical composition / Alcuni suggerimenti per scrivere una composizione liturgica decente (eng-ita) – M° Colin Mawby

Most musicians have attempted to compose but few have succeeded. How does one go about liturgical choral composition?  Here are some suggestions. It is essential to find a strong text that is inspirational. Keep your music practical and within the comfortable range of your singers.   Keep it simple and do not add unnecessary complications…

Choral music in UK in the 60s / Musica corale nel Regno Unito negli anni ’60 (eng-ita) – M° Colin Mawby

In the 1960’s liturgical choral music in the U.K.  was extremely depressed. It was the victim of a willful misinterpretation of Vatican 2’s liturgical instructions. Choirs were being dismissed, the fine liturgical music of the Catholic Church was widely abandoned and being replaced by hymns of little textual or musical value and congregational masses of…