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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 Consilium is merely an assembly of people, many of them incompetent, and others well advanced on the road to novelty. The discussions are extremely hurried. Discussions are based on impressions and the voting is chaotic. […] Many of those who have influenced the reform […] have no love, and no veneration of that which has been handed down to us. They begin by despising everything that is actually there. This negative mentality is unjust and pernicious, and unfortunately, Paul VI tends a little to this side. They have all the best intentions, but with this mentality they have only been able to demolish and not to restore."
— Contemporary account of the Consilium by Cardinal Antonelli
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