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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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“Iconographic tradition has theologically interpreted the manger and the swaddling cloths in terms of the theology of the Fathers. The child stiffly wrapped in bandages is seen as prefiguring the hour of his death: from the outset, he is the sacrificial victim, as we shall see more closely when we examine the reference to the first-born. The manger, then, was seen as a kind of altar.”
— Pope Benedict XVI (2012)

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The Most Insane Thing Heard By Anyone
published 10 August 2014 by Jeff Ostrowski

USED TO THINK Horowitz’s additions to the Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody were the most amazing virtuoso display I ever heard. I was wrong. Here’s György Cziffra’s arrangment of Flight of the Bumblebee:


      * *  Audio Recording Only (1954) — Mp3 Format


Other “live” versions of Cziffra playing this exist on Youtube. For the record, Cziffra had a very interesting and inspiring life.