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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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“Every experienced choirmaster’s work is founded on the following three axioms: (1) Few boys have a really good natural voice; (2) No boy is able to control his voice and produce good tone without training; (3) Most boys have a good ear, and considerable imitative capacity. It is on the last of these axioms that the choirmaster must begin his work.”
— Sir Richard Runciman Terry (1912)

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Learn A New Word, See It Within 24 Hours (3)
published 13 January 2012 by Jeff Ostrowski

In the past, I’ve commented on the fact that when one encounters a new word, one will see it again within 24 hours. This phenomenon continues in my life constantly. It can be anything: a famous person, an item like “pedialyte,” etc.

Recently, I was speaking to a friend who was going through the Latin Graduale Romanum with me. He pointed out the Christmas Morning Mass (“Mass at Dawn”) and reminded me that “aurora” means “dawn” in Latin. Within 24 hours, I saw it again. Click here to see.

There is another phenomenon I’ve observed. Clicking the link above, you will notice that Badura-Skoda mentions the Beethoven “Waldstein” Sonata (4th movement). I’ve noticed that whenever my mind sees a word it instantly recalls the music. No matter how long it has been since I have heard that particular movement, my brain instantly starts “inwardly” replaying the music as soon as my eyes read the title. I have always found this interesting.

I have been quite ill this week, but I hope to find time to add a blog about Josef Hofmann before too long. As many of you know, Hofmann’s art has been a passion of mine since I was very young. (This entry would not be related to Catholic music, by the way. This would simply be commenting on great art.)