I do not belong to a choir, but sing my heart out along with a congregation . Choral music, has always held me in thrall ever since I heard it in a South Indian church decades ago.It was an Anglican church and the organist was a gifted musician and conductor. I did not know Latin but the sheer abstractness of it all. the power and the glory of the sound, chant, melody, rhythm filled me with peace as well as a surge of joy .Thanks be to all the choral singers and composers who realize the beauty and strengths of choral singing.
Now I live in America. Sadly every church I attend has no place for choral music .Instead the choir presents a version of the now music of today. This, I am told is to attract the younger generation who cannot appreciate choral music.
Indeed there are separate services.A church hosts a service with modern music and that is followed by another service featuring traditional hymns. People have to choose.So you find mostly elders in the traditional service and teenagers and young adults in the modern service with a lot of percussion and sax.
We never meet together as one congregation. What a pity that young people do not have the opportunity of listening or participating in music of great beauty, wisdom and strength.
Hindu children listen to slokas thousands of years old. They attend worship services in temples where these slokas are chanted in Sanskrit which very few have studied .
A blend of the ancient and contemporary where old and young worship together will be a richly textured spiritual experience.
I truly delighted in the very perceptive essay on choral music.
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