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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
Solesmes Chant Rhythm & Fr. De Santi
published 28 November 2010 by Jeff Ostrowski

Until reading the below article, I was not aware that the “promise” made to the monks of Solesmes by Pius X was widely known. Father Angelo De Santi talks about this “promise” at length in The Restoration of Gregorian Chant: Solesmes and the Vatican Edition. Furthermore, he speaks about this “promise” in no uncertain terms. I have my own theories about what this promise meant, and I mention this in my presentation on the Vatican Edition. In a nutshell, I doubt that Saint Pius X knew that Dom Mocquereau would be altering the clear rhythm of the Vatican Edition when he promised they could keep their rhythmic signs. I believe that the Pope thought the rhythmic signs were only meant to help folks sing the melodies, not change the rhythm that Abbot Pothier had clearly marked.

The author also says that “Solesmes” is to be pronounced like “So Lame.” But don’t worry . . . he’s not talking about the ictus when he says this!

Incidentally, much of Caeilia was devoted to . . . how to pronounce foreign names (including Dom Gregory Hügle)!

Solesmes Rhythmic Theories