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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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“In all this mediaeval religious poetry there is much that we could not use now. Many of the hymns are quite bad, many are frigid compositions containing futile tricks, puns, misinterpreted quotations of Scripture, and twisted concepts, whose only point is their twist. But there is an amazing amount of beautiful poetry that we could still use. If we are to have vernacular hymns at all, why do we not have translations of the old ones?”
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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“Pius X Hymnal” (1953) by Ted Marier … free online!
published 13 December 2013 by Jeff Ostrowski

945 Pius X Hymn Book HEODORE MARIER’S beautiful hymn book, the PIUS X HYMNAL, is now available online. You can freely download the complete PDF using the link below.

Published in 1953, it was edited by the faculty of the Pius Tenth School of Liturgical Music (Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart, NY). Note: a different 1950s book called “Pius X Hymnal” was published by a group in Australia.

      * *  Organist & Choir Edition • 536 pages

      * *  Congregational Edition • 51 pages

IT’S INTERESTING TO NOTE that Marier’s Pius X Hymnal has just 58 metrical hymns for the congregation, whereas the Campion Hymnal has 140 metrical hymns for the congregation, which you can see by viewing the fact sheet.

The St. Edmund Campion Hymnal, a congregational book, cannot substitute for crucial choir materials like the Liber Usualis, Cantus Selecti, and so forth. However, those who consider 140+ English Hymns and 20+ Latin Hymns insufficient should consider the words of Msgr. Richard Schuler (1984):

“How many hymns does a parish need? Certainly not the vast number crowded into so many modern hymnbooks. If a parish has twenty-five good hymns, it can develop a great enthusiasm for singing. The people don’t mind repetition of good music; in fact, the more they sing the great hymns the more they love them.”

View a video of Dr. Marier conducting Gregorian chant by clicking here. I’m told that a DVD wherein Marier explains how to sing chant can be purchased here.