Page 2, 25th July 1958

25th July 1958
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Page 2, 25th July 1958 — Performance of Plainsong

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People: F. B. Hunter
Locations: London


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Sir,-Mr. F. B. Hunter implies that the rejection of Solesmes is something new. Surely there have always been three schools of thought-pro, anti, and via media?

Nor is it fair to forget the immense industry and scholarship of the monks of Solesmes, which have the backing, not only of the Vatican, but of many famous scholars and musicians.

England has the good fortun. of possessing the magnificent choirs of Westminster Cathedral and the London Oratory. perhaps the finest exponents of Solesmes in the world. If their example is one of effeminate singing, I, for one. am grateful for it.

It would be interesting to hear of a single instance of antiSolesmes producing such worldacclaimed excellence.

Jahn de Mars

18 Okeover Manor. North Side, London, S.W.4.

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