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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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The soul is distracted from that which is sung by a chant that is employed for the purpose of giving pleasure. But if the singer chant for the sake of devotion, he pays more attention to what he says, both because he lingers more thereon, and because, as Augustine remarks (Confess. x, 33), “each affection of our spirit, according to its variety, has its own appropriate measure in the voice, and singing, by some hidden correspondence wherewith it is stirred.” The same applies to the hearers, for even if some of them understand not what is sung, yet they understand why it is sung, namely, for God's glory: and this is enough to arouse their devotion.
— St. Thomas Aquinas
Dr. Peter Wagner & the Editio Vaticana
published 16 November 2010 by Jeff Ostrowski

In my presentation on the Editio Vaticana (7 videos), given at the Sacred Music Colloquium (2010), I noted that Dom Pierre Comb only told the story from the point of view of Solesmes. I also said that, to obtain a clearer view, one cannot do better than to read Dr. Peter Wagner’s defense of the Editio Vaticana. Therefore, we have made this article available (see below).

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THE ATTACK ON THE VATICAN EDITION: A REJOINDER By Dr. Peter Wagner