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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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Had the Church never spoken on this matter, it would still be repugnant to our Catholic people’s sense of what is fit and proper in the holiest of places, that a priest should have to struggle through the prayers of the Holy Mass, because of such tunes as “Alice, where art thou?” the “Vacant Chair,” and others of more vulgar title, which, through the carelessness or bad judgment of organists, sometimes find their way into our choirs.
— Preface to a Roman Catholic Hymnal (1896)

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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.