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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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“Since the ability of Francisco Guerrero is now abundantly known to all […] he shall henceforth act as master of the boys so long as: ( 1) he must teach them to read, write, and to sing the responsories, versicles, antiphons, lessons, and kalends, and other parts of divine service; (2) he shall teach them plainchant, harmony, and counterpoint, his instruction in counterpoint to include both the art of adding a melody to a plainsong and to an already existing piece of polyphonic music; (3) he shall always clothe them decently and properly, see that they wear good shoes, and ensure that their beds are kept perfectly clean; (4) he shall feed them the same food that he himself eats and never take money from them for anything having to do with their services in church or their musical instruction…” [cont’d]
— Málaga Cathedral Document (11 September 1551)

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Family Von Trapp & Celebration "Versus Populum"
published 7 July 2014 by Jeff Ostrowski

291 Von Trapp ELOW, YOU WILL FIND three videos about the Von Trapp Family Singers. Their story was not accurately portrayed in the movie The Sound of Music (1965 film with Julie Andrews).

Notice the photograph with their personal chaplain, Fr. Franz Wasner (†1992) saying Mass in their home during the 1930s…

Am I nuts, or is he saying Mass Versus Populum ?

I realize that people in Germany were doing liturgical “experiments” long before the Second Vatican Council, such as Offertory processions & Mass facing the people. I also realize that the German ideas about liturgy were adopted to a great extent by Vatican II. But I’m still surprised to see this.

By the way, is anyone else astonished that German prelates like Ratzinger & Jungmann played such an influential role during the Second Vatican Council? One would assume there must have been great animosity toward the Germans in the aftermath of the Second World War, right? For that matter, was it difficult to hold an ecumenical council in Italy, since that country had fought with the Nazi armies just 20 years earlier? Anyone care to weigh in?