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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 lives with his wife and two children.
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On leaving the Vatican after his abdication: “I was deeply moved. The cordiality of the farewell, also the tears of my collaborators. [His voice breaks with emotion.] On the roof of the Casa Bonus Pastor there was written in huge letters «Dio gliene renda merito» [“May God reward you”]. (The Pope weeps) I was really deeply moved. In any case, while I hovered overhead and began to hear the bells of Rome tolling, I knew that I could be thankful and my state of mind on the most profound level was gratitude.”
— Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (23 May 2016)

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"Convent Mass" For Two Sopranos — A. E. Tozer (1911)
published 31 July 2014 by Jeff Ostrowski

191 Convent Mass E’VE BEEN providing free downloads of rare Catholic musical scores. A few weeks ago, for example, we posted the famous Tozer Propers, along with full Propers from Kansas and Texas.

I thought it might be interesting to show an example of how music for the Ordinary of Mass—Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei—sounded during that era:

      * *  PDF Download: Tozer “Convent Mass”

Published in 1911, this “Convent Mass” is for two sopranos. Augustus Edmonds Tozer was a convert from Anglicanism, and his compositional style does reflect this. Still, his music was popular in Catholic Churches at the time.

HAD THIS MASS been written for Anglican ceremonies, I’m fairly certain Tozer would have used English, instead of Latin & Greek. By the way, did you know that President James A. Garfield often impressed his buddies by using his ambidexterity to write in Latin & Greek simultaneously? It’s true. Other interesting facts about President Garfield: He was the last president born in a log cabin and he was the first president to campaign in two languages (English and German). Also, on election day, November 2, 1880, he was at the same time a member of the House, Senator-elect, and President-elect.