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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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"Since such is the nature of man that he cannot easily without external means be raised to meditation on divine things, on that account holy Mother Church has instituted certain rites, namely that certain things be pronounced in a subdued tone (canon and words of consecration) and others in a louder tone; she has likewise made use of ceremonies such as mystical blessings, lights, incense, vestments, and many other things of this kind in accordance with apostolic teaching and tradition, whereby both the majesty of so great a sacrifice might be commended, and the minds of the faithful excited by these visible signs of religion and piety to the contemplation of the most sublime matters which are hidden in this sacrifice."
— Council of Trent (Session XXII)

Dom Gregory Murray's People's Mass & Holy Week
published 24 March 2013 by Jeff Ostrowski

OR YEARS, I’ve heard about Dom Gregory Murray’s People’s Mass. At the moment, I won’t reveal too much, since later on I will be posting several rare documents by Dom Murray, but suffice it to say he loved to brag about this Mass. Written first in Latin, later in English, he would brag, saying, “It may not be musically rewarding, but I sold more copies than anybody else.” I have no way to verify his statement one way or the other, but allegedly both versions sold millions and millions of copies.

I have a lot of respect for Dom Gregory Murray’s compositions. At a later date, I hope to post online (for free) his beautiful “organ preludes for manuals only” which he started writing in the 1930s. I’ve played these for a decade and love them. However, when I finally saw his People’s Mass, I was very disappointed. I found it very predictable and uninspired. However, several of the sections are growing on me a bit.

Anyway, here’s the Latin version. Somebody could make a lot of money by “plugging in” the New Translation of the Roman Missal and selling it:

      * *  Dom Gregory Murray’s “People’s Mass” (Latin version) [pdf]

I found this in a fascinating collection that we posted in 2008 by Eugene Lapierre:

      * *  Accompaniment to the Music of Holy Week [pdf]

By the way, Dr. Eugene Lapierre was the one who encouraged Roger Wagner to complete his doctorate “in absentia.” I believe Wagner’s dissertation was on the music of Josquin Des Prez. Anyway, we’ve posted many Gregorian accompaniments by Lapierre, but that book is probably the most exceptional one, because of the interesting things he included. I hope you enjoy it!

It has been in the Lalande Online Library since 2008. As some of you know, in 2008, Corpus Christi Watershed released about 25,000 pages of Sacred music for free and instant download:

      * *  St. Jean de Lalande Website [url]