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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 spite of what it is currently called, the music of these songs is not modern: this musical style is not new, but has been played in the most profane places and surroundings (cabarets, music halls, often for more or less lascivious dances with foreign names). The people are led on to rock or swing. They all feel an urge to dance about. That sort of “body language” is certainly alien to our Western culture, unfavorable to contemplation and its origins are rather suspect. Most of the time our congregations, which already find it hard not to confuse the crochets and the quavers in a 6/8 bar, do not respect the rhythm; then one no longer feels like dancing, but with the rhythm gone to pieces, the habitual poorness of the melodic line becomes all the more noticeable.”
— Unnamed choirmaster (Northern France) circa 1986

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PDF Download: Dominican Breviary From 1967
published 18 December 2014 by Jeff Ostrowski

548 Holy Mass Picture HOSE FOLLOWING THIS BLOG know that yesterday we released a 1943 Dominican Hymnal, and we explained our reasons for doing so. That book is often cited by another rare book which has been out of print for decades:

BREVIARY according to the rite of the ORDER of PREACHERS and published by order of the Most Reverend Father ANICETO FERNANDEZ

The book is so large, it must be downloaded in sections:

      * *  Part 1 of 4 • Beginning

      * *  Part 2 of 4 • Starting at Page 264

      * *  Part 3 of 4 • Starting at Page 654

      * *  Part 4 of 4 • Final Section