UNIVERSA LAUS DOCUMENT II AS THE SPRINGBOARD FOR NEW WAYS OF UNDERSTANDING LITURGICAL MUSIC
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The essay is a way of commentary to the second document Universa Laus 'Music in Christian liturgies'. The association Universa Laus itself, its history and the documents that come from it are briefly presented here. The following commentary then does not directly follow the text of the second document, it rather tries to point out some of the topics it brings and to confront them with some other documents concerning liturgical music. Its aim is to approach liturgical music from the point of view of the second document, which presents music in connection with other 'unmusical' liturgical parts. It does not perceive music as an element which is here just to beautify liturgy, it does not look for its particular image, but it tries to go back to the essence of musical performance, to the celebrating community, and it prompts to respect its needs and custom practice.
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