Friday, April 20, 2007

Richard Joseph Schuler, 1920-2007

Monsignor Richard J. Schuler, a mighty force in sacred music in the 20th century and founder of the Church Music Association of America, has died at the age of 87. A full biography and bibliography is available at the CMAA. He was not only a brilliant musician; he was also pioneer in the use of large-scale polyphony and symphonic sung Masses after the Second Vatican Council. He never wavered in his dedication to what is both beautiful and true, even when it must have seemed that the world around him was crumbling. He left an amazing legacy: a new generation of Catholic musicians to carry forward his work. Updates on funeral times will be available at the site of St. Agnes.

May eternal light shine up on them, O Lord, in the company of your saints for eternity, for you are full of goodness.

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