Obviously, this is to some extent facetious.I do not believe anyone needs to learn everything on my list.I do not believe anyone should necessarily avoid use of anything not on my list.
But a cantankerous fellow on TNLM issued a challenge that usually masks an accusation -- you young fogies don't like anything new, if you had your way we'd only sing the music of dead guys in Church!Not so.
Yet, despite answers being given, the accusation is made again and again and again.
So, I challenge all liturgical musicians reading this to start your own "white list," on your blogs, contemporary music you think Worthy of the Temple.
I have, fairly arbitrarily, decided to call "contemporary" stuff dating from the mid-point of the last century, as the renewal of Holy Week liturgies dates from the '50s, I believe? (I am open to correction on that.)
Note, I am not always walking the walk of the talk I talk -- some of these I do not use, because I have not yet decided to spend the choral budget on sufficient octavos or because we already have the same text in our repertory.And some may not be suitable for liturgy, but virtually every Catholic parish choir sings some art music extra-liturgically around Christmas, for instance?And I don't claim to be prescient, perhaps none of them will stand the test of time.But they are all, in my opinion, worthy and usable.