Perhaps one of the worst popes in history, it is true.
In the Blessed in Paradise, the instruments project us into the spiritual harmony that the blessed regain in music.
I can hardly follow in my hand Missal, let alone pray, in times like this.
"He is a very distinguished and enlightened individual and a Prince full of dignity."
It was heard in Paris on April 18, 1802, Easter Sunday, when the Concordat was proclaimed in France.
He composed the text and the melody of almost 1200 hymns (šarakan), troparia, odes, and liturgical songs.
"Holy Mother Church holds all lawfully acknowledged rites to be of equal right and dignity; that she wishes to preserve them in the future and to foster them in every way." -Vatican II
"When asked about the fact that the new Pope did not sing and paid little attention to ceremonies and rituals he had to answer that this is typical of the Jesuit."
St. Jerome does not absolutely condemn singing, but reproves those who sing theatrically in church not in order to arouse devotion, but in order to show off, or to provoke pleasure.
It is music written for an intimate, secret setting... which was punishable in many cases with life imprisonment and even the death penalty.