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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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A lot of the favoured new settings are musically illiterate, almost is if they were written by semi-trained teenagers, getting to grips with musical rudiments. The style is stodgy and sentimental, tonally and rhythmically stilted, melodically inane and adored by Catholic clergy “of a certain age.” Some Catholic dioceses run courses for wannabe composers to perpetuate this style. It is a scandal. People with hardly any training and experience of even the basic building blocks of music have been convinced that there is a place for their puerile stumblings and fumblings in the modern Catholic Church because real musicians are elitist and off-putting.
— James MacMillan (20 November 2013)
How does Chabanel measure up?
published 20 November 2010 by Jeff Ostrowski

In honor of THIS BRAND NEW CHABANEL PROJECT (Nov. 2010), here is a special video that compares samples of Chabanel Psalms to other popular Responsorial Psalms:

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It will be noticed that the Chabanel Refrains follow the model of chant: free rhythm, Gregorian modality, no difficult leaps, and a limited range, easily singable by anyone.

The “typical” Responsorial Psalms are all rhythmically composed & rhythmically driven. Furthermore, they employ Major-minor tonality instead of the Church modes. They also use a lot of syncopation and hard skips.