A few random thoughts.
I'm pro-silent prayers and like the fact that they parallel the Tridentine Mass. One of my best memories (and I know the purists here won't like it) is of going to a spoken 'Holy Mass' (how the old priest translated -ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¼-+-ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢-Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦-Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦-Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦ -ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¦-+-Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦i) nearly 20 years ago at a Ukrainian Catholic church in New Jersey, where you had the best of all possible worlds — English (American congregation, not-fluent foreign-born priest), congregational responses AND the mystery and reverence of the priest behind the screen, facing God, offering God's Sacrifice with prayers sotto voce. Incidentally there was no incense either (not good), during the service the priest walked through the church with the collection basket personally, saying 'God bless you' to each person who put something in (it was a tiny church) and at Communion everybody knelt on the step in front of the beautiful iconostasis and the priest had them pass down his hand cross to kiss before he gave them the Sacrament.
The legitimate RC liturgical movement did want to get rid of Low Masses and make Solemn Mass the norm everywhere, drawing part of its inspiration for this from the Eastern rites. (Definitely good for Sundays but I don't see it being practical for daily Mass, which is a longtime part of Roman Catholic piety.) They were betrayed in the '60s.
<digression to Joe's long RC posting>
Finally, I learnt something from Joe's posting I never saw articulated before. I just assumed England's proximity to Catholic Europe was the reason why it had things like the Brompton Oratory (doing services with continental panache) and the Irish-formed US Catholics didn't. Of course its proximity made somebody like Wiseman possible.
Thomas Day does a great job of explaining why Irish-bred RC culture in the US is the way it is. Solemnity as such (as in solemn Masses, incense, etc.) wasn't really Anglican (they didn't start doing it till the mid-1800s and even then it was opposed by most Anglicans), but Day points out that every time the persecuted Irish saw a pretty church with stained glass, and heard majestic organ music and choral and congregational singing coming from it, it was a Protestant, specifically English and Anglican, church.