Bishop wants to ban secular music from churches
|Based on the Vatican’s directive on church music issued in 1987 which stipulates that churches should “only be open to religious music”, a Czech bishop intends to ban the Gustav Mahler’s music, writes the Prague Daily Monitor
Austrian composer and conductor Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) is often described as one of the most important figures of European art music in the 20th century. His music has now come under fire from the bishop of a small Czech Republic town, Jihlava – a town in south Moravia famous as the place where Gustav Mahler was born. The bishop wants to ban the composer’s music from the church where it is performed in annual concerts each September.
According to the English-language newspaper Prague Daily Monitor, the local bishop wants to ban secular music from churches, basing his decision on the Vatican’s directive on church music issued in 1987, which stipulates that churches should “only be open to liturgic or religious music.”
The Brno Bishopric, which administers the St Ignatius Church in Jihlava, apparently does not regard Mahler’s symphonies as “spiritual” enough to be performed in churches, according to the Prague Daily Monitor.
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Playbill Arts – 24 March 2006:
‘Mahler Not Spiritual Enough to be Performed in Czech Church’
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Biography on Gustav Mahler