Handel’s _Messiah_, Britain, and the American Colonies

Handel’s _Messiah_ is a musical work in its own right (unusual among oratorios generally and especially among Handel’s oratorios) and a British musical phenomenon in its own right.  Those few music historians who turn their focus on the Anglican choral tradition tend not to include Handel in their discussions.  He was a German import, soContinue reading “Handel’s _Messiah_, Britain, and the American Colonies”

Sir James MacMillan on Faith in Music, Part I: Thomas Tallis

[The featured image is of a posthumous engraving of Tallis made by Gerard Vandergucht in the eighteenth century] [The photo is of Sir James MacMillan in 2011 on the banks of the Mississippi River at Saint Cloud, Minnesota, when he was my guest at St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota.  A couple of days later, theContinue reading “Sir James MacMillan on Faith in Music, Part I: Thomas Tallis”

Fr. James Bradley on the Anglican Musical Heritage and _Anglicanorum Coetibus_

Fr. James Bradley, J.C.D., joins the hosts of _Square Notes_ to discuss his musical upbringing in the church of England and his conversion to Catholicism. Possessing a masterful knowledge of canon law, the sacred liturgy, and sacred music, he shares his thoughts about musical gems from the Anglican patrimony in the life of the Ordinariate,Continue reading “Fr. James Bradley on the Anglican Musical Heritage and _Anglicanorum Coetibus_”