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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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“Sacred music, being a complementary part of the solemn liturgy, participates in the general scope of the liturgy, which is the glory of God and the sanctification and edification of the faithful. It contributes to the decorum and the splendor of the ecclesiastical ceremonies, and since its principal office is to clothe with suitable melody the liturgical text proposed for the understanding of the faithful, its proper aim is to add greater efficacy to the text, in order that through it the faithful may be the more easily moved to devotion and better disposed for the reception of the fruits of grace belonging to the celebration of the most holy mysteries.”
— Pope Saint Pius X
Monsignor Manzetti Accompaniments
published 22 November 2010 by Jeff Ostrowski

Corpus Christi Watershed recently released this Brand new publication: Gregorian chant Responsorial Psalms with organ accompaniment for the complete Year A Liturgical year.

Regarding the practice of organ accompaniment of Gregorian chant, there have been literally hundreds of articles written defending it, and hundreds of articles condemning the practice. However, Rev. Msgr. Leo P. Manzetti has written an article that is . . . well, let’s just say I’ve never read anything like it. (By the way, Corpus Christi Watershed has made Manzetti’s organ accompaniments to chant available at the Lalande Library.) Here is a sample of this extremely interesting article:

Would it not sound rather strange, for instance, were it laid down as an aphorism, as is done for the accompaniment of the Chant, that the high dignitaries of Church and State, who accompany their sovereign, be he Pope, King or President, are out of place and detract from his great dignity and supreme prerogatives; that, at all events, they are not to show a personal individuality, but should be mere mechanical robots? If, as Dom Desrocquettes of the Benedictine Order of Solesmes writes, “The Gregorian melodies, to be really themselves, must be heard without accompaniment” then any supreme sovereign, to be really himself, must never be accompanied. Obviously such a fantastic speculation is not sound in principle. On the contrary, the Pope shows to better advantage in the midst of his attendants.

Rev. Msgr. Leo P. Manzetti

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