A review of music written using Latin texts in service of the liturgy of the Catholic Church encompassing music written in all periods with a concentration on contemporary composers.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

A voice in the wilderness...

It's appropriate, considering today's feast, to mention Nicholas Wilton. Although still young, by composer standards, he was, for a long time, almost the sole voice crying in a wilderness of sacred Catholic composition in Britain. His web page (see links) provides a link to an extended interview with the American Catholic radio station Sirius. This gives a good coverage of the variety of his sacred music as well as his own skill in  setting the texts well. The interview covers his professional relationships with recording companies and performers, his sources of inspiration and some personal reflections. The interviewer makes an immediate comparison with Bruckner. Whilst this is partially true Wilton does have his own distinctive style which he has refined and dedicated to creating a body of works which has really enriched the sacred music repertoire in this country. We hope to carry a new interview with him in Jubal's Review in the near future.

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