Father Faure is a new priest
May I presume no relation to the famous composer Gabriel Fauré?
The Fauré Requiem is a showcase work that has been used by modern artists
as a backdrop for Newchurch. IMHO it's a little unfortunate it has this association,
because it is a great work of music. HOWEVER,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
There is a lot more to liturgical music than its objective beauty.
I spoke to a well-known traditional convert about this over the phone years ago.
He has since passed away: author Michael Malone, RIP.
Mr. Malone told me something that is too often forgotten. When a Protestant
convert goes to Mass and he hears a beautiful rendition of something, let's say,
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, or Amazing Grace, regardless of how beautiful
the music is, it evokes in the listener recollection of all the heresies he left
behind when he converted, by association. There may be no objective heresy
in the words of the songs, and there may be nothing demonic or anti-Catholic per se
in the musical intervals, chords or structure.
The problem is, that the person hearing the music is reminded of the erroneous
doctrine that he had been subject to prior to his conversion. And this is exactly the kind of thing that the current Pope is
encouraging with his false ecumenism and hermeneutic of
This has nothing to do with Fr. Jean-Michel Faure.
But it curiously is linked to what happened in my mind when I saw his name.
The name, Faure, evoked all this stuff. I do hope that Fr. Faure is able to cope with the effect that his
name will evoke, in many converts from Newchurch into the
Traditional Catholic Church.
One of the "problems" with the Fauré Requiem is that it omits the Dies Irae,
and it does this for unidentified reasons, however, in retrospect it would seem
likely that the composer wanted to distance his own composition from the
traditional sense of "doom and gloom" and direct it toward a more "glorious and
hopeful" future. You know, the 'new springtime of Vatican II," even though he was
many decades in anticipation of Vatican II.
The Fauré Requiem was first performed in 1893, but not in the USA until 1931 nor
in England until 1936. Its popularity has grown over the years.
As an intellectual aside, it is entirely possible for someone to compose an
amendment or addition to the Fauré Requiem, consisting of a Dies Irae that
fits the style of the larger work. That might be a challenging project for any
music major in Composition. But even if a Dies Irae is added, there remains
the inescapable association the rest of the work has with Newchurch.