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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 lives with his wife and two children.
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“Victoria not only made his professional debut as church organist: he also continued active on the organ bench until the very eve of his death. Indeed, during his last seven years at Madrid (1604-1611) he occupied no other musical post but that of convent organist.”
— Dr. Robert Stevenson (1961)

Msgr. Richard Schuler and the Piccoluomini
published 18 March 2013 by Jeff Ostrowski

EADERS will most likely recall what I have spoken about so often in the past: viz. the phenomenon of “notice a rare word and see it within 24 hours.” I promised myself I would never post about this again, lest the readers become bored, but I couldn’t help myself. Here’s how it happened:

Yesterday, I was on the phone with an old friend who happened to bring up Pope Pius II. So, keep “Pope Pius II” in mind as you read. Earlier in the day, I had emailed that same friend, trying to recall the specific word Msgr. Schuler used for “little people,” but had not received an answer at that point.

It will be remembered that following the Second Vatican Council a great number of unqualified people arose who (sadly) made major decisions for the Church and the Liturgy which holy men and women are still trying to rectify (even after all these years!). These were labeled by Schuler as “little people.” But I couldn’t remember the term because I am the world’s worst speller and have the world’s worst memory.

Sure enough, a few hours after the phone call, I happened to be searching the internet and I came upon the biography of Pope Pius II. What was his name before becoming pope? It was “Piccolomini.” That is the exact word Msgr. Schuler used for “little people” in his articles, although occasionally he used an alternate spelling: “piccoluomini.” If you don’t believe my claim that Pius II’s name was Piccolomini, you can look at the second paragraph here [url]. Now, what are the odds of that?

To read my other articles on this phenomenon, Google search: “Learn a new word, see it within 24 hours.”


My wife, Cynthia, and I call our children “little people.” I have decided I don’t want our kids to ever grow up. I want to keep them as “little people.” I want to keep them as “piccoluomini.” Please email me if you have found a way we can keep our children small, just like the picture you see in the upper right hand corner.