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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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“In spite of what it is currently called, the music of these songs is not modern: this musical style is not new, but has been played in the most profane places and surroundings (cabarets, music halls, often for more or less lascivious dances with foreign names). The people are led on to rock or swing. They all feel an urge to dance about. That sort of “body language” is certainly alien to our Western culture, unfavorable to contemplation and its origins are rather suspect. Most of the time our congregations, which already find it hard not to confuse the crochets and the quavers in a 6/8 bar, do not respect the rhythm; then one no longer feels like dancing, but with the rhythm gone to pieces, the habitual poorness of the melodic line becomes all the more noticeable.”
— Unnamed choirmaster (Northern France) circa 1986

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"As you might imagine, it was a disaster."
published 18 November 2014 by Jeff Ostrowski

Here’s what a reader kindly sent in response to this article:

FOUND THIS ARTICLE to be most interesting. During the late 1960’s I attended a Fourth Degree dialogue Mass on a fairly regular basis. As you may remember, or know, in 1965 the 1962 missal began to be revised by deletions and, diocese by diocese, the vernacular became the norm. However, in New York City at Holy Family parish Latin we retained. The basis for this was that the church was near the UN Building and this Latin language Mass was intended for UN personnel.

The Mass not only incorporated all of the revisions, but it was a Fourth Degree dialogue Mass. As you would imagine, it was a disaster. While most worshipers were stumbling through the Introit or Collect, a few fluent in Latin would be loudly racing through the prayers. It was difficult to attend but was the only Mass in Latin available at the time.

William G_______
Cherry Hill, New Jersey