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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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They were not ashamed to lay their hands on Sedulius, on Prudentius, on St. Ambrose himself. Only in one or two cases does some sense of shame seem to have stopped their nefarious work. They left “Ave maris stella,” “Jam lucis orto sidere,” and St. Thomas Aquinas’s hymns alone (they would have made pretty work of “Sacris solemniis”). In 1629 their mangled remnants were published.
— Rev’d Adrian Knottesford Fortescue (25 March 1916)

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The Actual Authentic Writing Of Palestrina
published 3 December 2014 by Jeff Ostrowski

OLIN MAWBY former Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral, travels to Rome in this video, letting you see an original manuscript of Palestrina. Also, he interviews Domenico Cardinal Bartolucci and Msgr. Philip Whitmore. (Skip to the 12:45 marker to see Palestrina’s authentic manuscript.)


Palestrina is not my favorite Renaissance composer: too vanilla for me, most of the time.  I much prefer Victoria, Marenzio, Lassus, Morales, and several others. By the way, Mawby mentions the fact that “Palestrina” is not his name—it’s where he lived. I believe the same is true of a fantastic Renaissance master Verdelot.