What do they have in common? They wrote Catholic music, particularly Catholic masses. Over the centuries the mass has been the inspiration of the greatest composers of all time. In some cases, for instance Schumann, Stravinski, and Verdi, they weren’t even Catholics yet they composed magnificent music for the mass.
While we’re on the subject of Catholic music, we can’t forget Gregorian chant. There’s nothing more beautiful than well-done chant sung by a choir of monks.
Rather than give you a history of music in the Church, I’m going to let the music do the talking. Click on any of the following links and enjoy.