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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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“I should not like to be too harsh on this commission’s labors. It numbered a certain number of genuine scholars and more than one experienced and judicious pastor. Under different circumstances, they might have accomplished excellent work. Unfortunately, on the one hand, a deadly error in judgment placed the official leadership of this committee in the hands of a man who—though generous and brave—was not very knowledgeable: Cardinal Larcaro. He was utterly incapable of resisting the maneuvers of the mealy-mouthed scoundrel that the Neapolitan Vincentian, Annibale, a man as bereft of culture as he was of basic honesty, soon revealed himself to be.”
— Fr. Bouyer, a liturgical expert appointed by Pope Paul VI

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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.