Corruption of Church Music!
When did church loose it sacredness?
History of Music & When it became corrupt
Music - was almost entirely Catholic until the last 100 years when it became secular and modern. The history of Music is divided into 6 periods:
1) Medieval music – “When we explore Medieval music, we are dealing with the longest and most distant period of musical history. Saint Gregory is credited with organizing the huge repertory of chant that developed during the first centuries of the Christian church, hence the term Gregorian chant…the Medieval era continued into the 1400s, so this period consists of almost a millennium's worth of Church music).
2) The Renaissance period from 1400 – 1600 A.D. is Church music.
3) Baroque period from 1600 – 1750 A.D. is mainly Church music.
4) Classical period from 1750 – 1800 A.D. is mainly Church music.
5) Romantic period from 1800 – 1900 A.D. is Church music but it is also orchestra & ballet music.
6) Modern / Contemporary period is from 1900 A.D. to the present, we would call this music secular or profane. There is often times no melody or it is off center and fragmented. The rhythm is irregular, very complex, intoxicating and distorted. The rhythm characteristic of today’s music promotes anarchy, disorder, aggression, sensuality, rebellion, pride, power and irreverence. The connection between music and morality is self-evident to the ancients, while this notion is repugnant to many Americans. Plato said “When the mode of the music changes, the walls shake.” The 20th century has been the bloodiest century in the history of modern man, it has been called by St John Paul II “the culture of death” It is no coincidence that the bloodiest century was precipitated by the ushering in of profane & secular music. Cyril Scott an eminent 20th century composer said that “an innovation in musical style has invariably been followed by an innovation in politics and morals” in a culture (Music & Morality – Fr Nortz). Past Civilizations have held that good music disposes man to virtue whereas bad music disposes man to vice. The music generally accepted by a civilization will profoundly determine its moral health, and ultimately its growth or demise. Major figures in modern music have projected their own immorality into the field of music which has been the main vehicle of cultural revolution in the West (E. Michael Jones – Dionysius Rising). Music acts directly on the soul. Disordered music leads to disordered lives, which leads to disorder in the state (http://www.culturewars.com/Reviews/DionysosRisingReviews.html). All the ancient thinkers like Plato, Aristotle & Aquinas saw the connection between music and morality, it was self-evident, they all ascribed to music an influential power over the emotions.