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A theorist, organist, and conductor, Jeff Ostrowski holds his B.M. in Music Theory from the University of Kansas (2004), and did graduate work in Musicology. He serves as choirmaster for the new FSSP parish in Los Angeles, where he resides with his wife and children.
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"I am of the opinion, to be sure, that the old rite should be granted much more generously to all those who desire it. It’s impossible to see what could be dangerous or unacceptable about that. A community is calling its very being into question when it suddenly declares that what until now was its holiest and highest possession is strictly forbidden, and when it makes the longing for it seem downright indecent. Can it be trusted any more about anything else? Won’t it proscribe tomorrow what it prescribes today?"
— Pope Benedict XVI, writing in 1997
Vatican "Blank Spaces"
published 27 December 2010 by Jeff Ostrowski

The Church Music Association of America has posted the 1961 GRADUALE ROMANUM online, and this book is a tremendous treasure for Church musicians. Looking at some of the pages, one might be led to believe that some pages were, perhaps, vandalized:

However, those who have watched these seven videos will have a different opinion. The “vandalism” was merely marking the mysterious “Vatican white notes” (as Dr. Joseph Lenards called them).

(click here) Talk on the Vatican “blank spaces” • given at Colloquium XX

“Reverse-vandalism” happens in the “pure Vaticana” books by folks like Fr. X. Mathias and Dr. Peter Wagner. There, people mark the Solesmes holds . . .

Vandalism is not always a bad thing. Josquin des Prez supposedly vandalized a pew in St. Peters (writing “Josquin was here”) and this was of infinite interest to scholars when this pew was discovered a few years back.