“The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art… The Church acknowledges Gregorian chant as specially suited to the Roman liturgy: therefore, other things being equal, it should be given pride of place in liturgical services”
- Sacrosanctum Concilium, Second Vatican Council
As Vatican II reminds us, the musical tradition of the Church is a priceless treasure and of immeasurable value to the sacred Liturgy. Nowhere in the Liturgy are the musical traditions more exalted then in the Classical Latin Mass. With the great revival of the Classical Mass today, we should take care to learn about and promote sacred music. This thread, based on the “Best Videos of Traditional Catholic Liturgy”, will serve as a resource for sacred music. Perhaps if there is enough interest in it, the moderators might be so kind as to make it a sticky at a later date.
Audio files that are especially welcome in this thread include Mass settings in Gregorian and Polyphonic Chant, but compositions in styles such as Baroque and Classical (Masses by Bach, Mozart, Haydn, ect.) are also good. Although we are primarily looking at musical traditions found in the Roman Rite, the music from the Eastern Liturgies is allowed as well. Besides Mass settings I also welcome the chants of the Divine Office and other Liturgical services, prayers put to music, traditional hymns, and non-choral pieces (especially organ music).
Note that I see no problem with posting links to audio files from sources which may have questionable status in the Church (ie. the SSPX, sedevacantists, ect.), as long as it is kept strictly to audio files. Please do not get into discussions or debates here as this is merely a resource for traditional Catholic music.
Here are some pieces to start with:
*]Haydn’s Missa in Tempore Belli and Chants for Easter Sunday, St. Agnes Church
*]Gounod’s Messe solennelle a Sainte Cecile and Chants for Christmas Day, St. Agnes Church
*]Mozart’s Requiem, Chœur des Marais