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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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“A penalty is decreed against clerics, who, being in sacred Orders, or holding benefices, do not wear a dress befitting their Order. […] In these days, the contempt of religion has grown to such a pitch that—making but little account of their own dignity, and of the clerical honor—some even wear in public the dress of laymen…”
— Council of Trent (Session 14, Chapter 6)

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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.