Aurelio Porfiri (ita-eng) – Dr. Rino Cammilleri

Il musicologo e professore Aurelio Porfiri ogni tanto scrive per l’agenzia Zenit sulla musica liturgica. Il 14 luglio 2011 ha risposto ad alcune obiezioni classiche. La prima: bisogna valorizzare la musica dei giovani. «Il culto del giovanilismo era in auge durante il fascismo, tramite il futurismo» e «in pratica non stiamo difendendo la cultura dei…

3 Signs that your Church Music Repertoire may have something wrong with it/ 3 segni che il tuo repertorio di musica liturgica potrebbe avere qualcosa di sbagliato (eng – ita) – M° Aurelio Porfiri

I think that everyone can identify some “signs” that indicate that there is some problem with your own repertoire of liturgical songs. 1) If someone tells you that s/he could not stop tapping their feet while listening to the songs, it means that an important element, the rhythmic pulse, has taken over. Now, the rhythm…

Why you should care for the Music in your Church? Perché ti dovresti preoccupare per la musica nella tua chiesa? (eng – ita) – M° Aurelio Porfiri

There are many reasons that could be given to show that the music in the liturgy is essential and must therefore be treated with particular attention. I want to focus on what the ancients have always known, especially the Greeks, and that modern neuroscience has confirmed: music has a profound effect on our mood and…

Three Suggestions to Start a good Liturgical Choir/ Tre suggerimenti per iniziare un buon coro liturgico (eng – ita) – M° Aurelio Porfiri

One of the important elements for a good liturgical celebration is undoubtedly the choir. Now, sometimes forming a good liturgical choir can be very difficult, because people are not educated in liturgical taste and exchange the celebration for a birthday party. Here are some tips. 1) Try to convince the priests, first of all, that…

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…