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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 lives with his wife and two children.
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"To the extent that the new sacred music is to serve the liturgical celebrations of the various churches, it can and must draw from earlier forms — especially from Gregorian chant — a higher inspiration, a uniquely sacred quality, a genuine sense of what is religious."
— Pope John Paul II (June 1980)
Rev. Bewerunge Attacks Pothier
published 23 November 2010 by Jeff Ostrowski

If you enjoyed reading Dr. Peter Wagner’s defense of the Vatican Edition, you need to read Bewerunge’s article (below). Rev. Henry Bewerunge was a choir director and organist (who, incidentally, loved to accompany Gregorian chant). Here is a sample:

The Sanctus of this Mass is not found anywhere. It seems to be Dom Pothier’s own composition. The same holds of the Sanctus No. III, and the Agnus No. II, of the Cantus ad libitum. Now there is not, of course, any objection to Dom Pothier or anybody else composing new pieces of Church music, and if they select to write in the style of the Gregorian music, they are at perfect liberty to do so. But I certainly think that such compositions ought to have no place in the Vatican edition, which purports to be a collection of medieval music.

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Rev. Henry Bewerunge Attacks Pothier