On a recent MusicaSacra Forum thread, musicians discussed the new pieces they will be adding to their Triduum repertoire this year. Two cathedral musicians among them mentioned that they will be including Peter Latona’s Mandatum in their Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper.
Dr. Latona has just returned to the States from Rome, where he played a recital at the Church of Sant’Antonio dei Portoghese, which is certainly impressive. But I suppose that one of the things that impresses me most is that his music is always good, always quite fresh, whether it is a Communion improvisation for an 8 am weekday morning Mass or Vespers with the Holy Father, whether it is a brief antiphon for a responsorial Psalm or a hymn harmonized for a CD recording, with each verse harmonized quite uniquely. His music is like one of those restaurants that advertises, “We don’t own a can opener.”
There is always something new, like an imitation of the newness of the Gospel itself, or like the kindnesses of the Lord that are new every morning.
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