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Much of the beauty of the older forms was lost and the hymns did not really become classical. We have reason to hope that the present reform of the breviary will also give us back the old form of the hymns. But meanwhile it seems necessary to keep the later text. This is the one best known, it is given in all hymnbooks and is still the only authorized form. Only in one case have we printed the older text of a hymn, number 57, “Urbs Jerusalem.” The modern form of this begins: “Caelestis urbs Jerusalem.” But in this case the people who changed it in the seventeenth century did not even keep its metre; so the later version cannot be sung to the old, exceedingly beautiful tune.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)

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Jeffrey M. Ostrowski
published 24 December 2012 by Corpus Christi Watershed

3856 Jeff Ostrowski 900x EFFREY M. OSTROWSKI holds his B.M. in Music Theory from the University of Kansas (2004) and has done graduate work in the fields of Musicology and Education. In February of 2011, Mr. Ostrowski was elected President of Watershed. His scholarship has focused on the historical performance of plainsong and polyphony of the High Renaissance, resulting in several early music CDs and an internationally broadcast television documentary. He founded—and still oversees—the Sacred Music Symposium, which promotes authentic church music at the grass roots level. While serving as assistant organist for Corpus Christi Cathedral, he played on television hundreds of times.

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In the past, he has directed the Cristóbal de Morales Consortium, Corpus Christi Cathedral Schola Cantorum, and a high school choral program. He assisted in the production of the Campion Hymnal and Jogues Missal. Frequently chosen as presenter at the CMAA Colloquium and other national gatherings, Mr. Ostrowski is known across the globe as a composer, and his compositions have been sung in Saint Peter’s Basilica (Vatican City). 1

He currently serves as choirmaster for the new FSSP Apostolate in Los Angeles, CA, where he lives with his wife and two children.


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1   Mr. Ostrowski also publishes many of his works under a pen name which will be revealed someday.