if church authorities regarded palestrinas masses as models of church music for centuries, why are they so seldom performed today?

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  • 6 months ago
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    Churches in cities would employ an entire staff of fine musicians and trained singers. And staff composers - often the organist. Masses were very long, with much ritual and accommodating music.  This demonstrated civic pride, and the generosity of the nobility and benefactors.  This was an EVENT.  And musicians today are just as capable as then - or more so. But there is not the artistic support in the church budget - and nobody is going to spend that much time 3 hours or more - every Sunday. These works have moved into the concert hall.

  • 6 months ago

    Modern musicians aren't as versatile as they were in Palestrina's day. But some of the techniques are still there in modern music. 

    On top of which those masses are so "heavy" that modern people prefer to avoid them, except in some high masses. Who wants to be at a mass that can take up to four hours to complete?

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