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Scottish composer recalls struggle with liturgists over music for papal Mass

October 27, 2010

James MacMillan, a Scottish composer who wrote the music for the Mass at which Pope Benedict XVI beatified Cardinal John Henry Newman, discloses that liturgists tried to prevent the performance of the music, saying that it was too difficult. The liturgists preferred a more “pastoral” setting.


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  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Oct. 27, 2010 11:17 PM ET USA

    I can see it now. MacMillan wants to perform his beautiful Mass for the Pope, and the liturgists want Haugen and Haas.