Friday, February 19, 2010

RICHARD PROULX (1937-2010)

Yes, sadly, you read that title right. Renowned composer Richard Proulx died last night - just a couple of months short of his 73rd birthday. Got the news via his fan page on Facebook, which I am a member of. He leaves a legacy of some of the best post-Vatican II music written for the English-speaking Church. May he rest in peace.

Jeffrey Tucker from The New Liturgical Movement couldn't say this better:
He worked to keep standards high, as a reflection of his own background and serious training, and managed a substantial amount of influence in connecting the style of contemporary music back to an authentic Catholic tradition. As you browse through current materials available from mainstream publishers, it is predictable that anything by Proulx will be a cut above the rest, as most Catholic musicians have noted.

So true!


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