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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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Much of the beauty of the older forms was lost and the hymns did not really become classical. We have reason to hope that the present reform of the breviary will also give us back the old form of the hymns. But meanwhile it seems necessary to keep the later text. This is the one best known, it is given in all hymnbooks and is still the only authorized form. Only in one case have we printed the older text of a hymn, number 57, “Urbs Jerusalem.” The modern form of this begins: “Caelestis urbs Jerusalem.” But in this case the people who changed it in the seventeenth century did not even keep its metre; so the later version cannot be sung to the old, exceedingly beautiful tune.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)

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PDF Download: Extremely Rare Catholic Hymnal From London (1948)
published 7 October 2014 by Jeff Ostrowski

797 Daily Hymn Book COVER HAT COULD BE BETTER than a 1948 book of English hymns, printed by the Solesmes monks’ publisher? How about if musicians of Westminster Cathedral (London) were also involved with the project? For the first time ever, all 355 pages of this extremely rare book can be downloaded:

      * *  PDF (355 pages)A Daily Hymn Book, 1948

We will soon release thousands more pages taken from rare Catholic hymnals in preparation for the release of the St. Isaac Jogues Hymnal. This is part of a new Roman Catholic project that has radically altered the paradigm for helping Catholics assist at Mass in the Ordinary Form!