Vatican: The Sistine Chapel Choir Opens Its Repertoire

Source: FSSPX News

The Italian Father Massimo Palombella, director of the Sistine Chapel Choir since a year ago, declared to the Osservatore Romano, in its October 14 edition, that he wished to “open the repertoire to contemporary international liturgical music.”  He announced that “the important productions of contemporary liturgical music from Great Britain, France, Germany and the United States” would henceforth be a part of the famous choir's repertoire.  “We must do this in order to keep the pontifical musical Chapel from becoming a museum piece,” he declared, adding that this addition would have to be “assimilated progressively.”

A study book is being put together.  It will include in particular works of Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924), Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986), Francis Poulenc (1899-1963), Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) and Morten Lauridsen (born in 1943). (sources: apic/imedia – DICI#2432, October 28, 2011)