All of Dr. K's Best Writing on Music in a Single Book!
More is at stake in the music we listen to or perform than most people are aware. In this vivacious and challenging work, Dr. Peter Kwasniewski explains why the great classical music of Western civilization is morally and intellectually good for us, as well as why certain other forms of music can actually be harmful.
Kwasniewski then offers a defense of the magnificent treasury of sacred music in the Latin-rite Catholic Church and shows how well-suited it is to divine worship, especially the incomparable art form known as Gregorian chant. Questioned and abandoned in recent tumultuous decades, this outstanding heritage of beauty deserves to be restored for profound theological and spiritual reasons, a restoration our times are at last beginning to see as old prejudices fade away. Kwasniewski issues a poignant crie de cœur in favor of restoring the glorious sacred music of our tradition to every Roman Catholic church on the earth. No genuine liturgical renewal or deep Eucharistic revival can occur until this happens: music is that important.
Finally, Kwasniewski shows how silence is as valuable as—indeed, at times, more valuable than—even the greatest music, precisely because music at its best opens the way to encountering a reality that transcends all we can say or sing.
Written to be accessible to the non-specialist, Good Music, Sacred Music, and Silence: Three Gifts of God for Liturgy and for Life will benefit all Catholics, other Christians, and even aesthetically curious nonbelievers who wish to explore the art of music in general, its role in human life, its effects on morality, and its inspired and inspiring function in religion. Kwasniewski's wide-ranging erudition and sound argumentation provide essential musical guidance for clergy, musicians, teachers, and parents.
Gregorian Chant: Perfect Music for the Sacred LiturgyRorate Caeli
“Song Befits the Lover”: Understanding the Place of Gregorian Chant in the MassOnePeterFive
Why chant will never die, but will rise again as Church recovers sacredness of her worship or taglineLifeSite
Do We Trust the Church's Judgment - Or Our Own?NLM
How We Should Sing—And Why People Don’t SingOnePeterFive
Pride of Place in the Roman RiteNLM
Why Gregorian Chant? And Why Sung by the People? taglineOnePeterFive
Don't Let the Best be the Enemy of the GoodNLM
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- Sacred Music vs. "Praise & Worship" - Does it Matter? (Part 2)
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- Rediscovering Sacred Music with the Youth of Today
- Sacred Music as Occasion of Grace for Modern Man
- College Students on Why Church Music Should Be Sacred Music
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- We must end bad Church music for the same reason Jesus drove money-changers from the Temple
- Bob Dylan tunes with Christian lyrics can never be ‘sacred’ music
- The Prohibition of the Piano in Church Still Stands—and for Good Reasons
- Why the Communal Mass Should Be Sung
- Is Your Liturgy Like What Vatican II Intended?
- A Blueprint for Parish Musical Reform
- How to bring better sacred music to your parish
- Sacred Music Is Alive and Well
- What a Catholic Hymn Should Be
- Sacred music: Echoing on Earth the heavenly choir
- Church choirs: The good, the bad and the ugly
- Why Offer God the Finest of Human Artistry?
- Church Music versus Utility Music
- Sacred Music, the Need for Beauty, and the Beatific Vision
- “Human beings need beautiful things”
- Seven Theses for the Evaluation of Music
- The Grand Debate Over Music and Morals
- Nourishing Our Souls on Beautiful Music: A Moral Imperative
- Interview with Dr Kwasniewski on “Beauty—God’s Messenger”