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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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“It was a riveting adventure to move by degrees into the mysterious world of the Liturgy which was being enacted before us and for us there on the altar. It was becoming more and more clear to me that here I was encountering a reality that no one had simply thought up, a reality that no official authority or great individual had created. […] Not everything was logical. Things sometimes got complicated and it was not always easy to find one’s way. But precisely this is what made the whole edifice wonderful, like one’s own home.”
— Josef Cardinal Ratzinger (“Milestones” pp. 19-20) 1997
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.