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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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A lot of the favoured new settings are musically illiterate, almost is if they were written by semi-trained teenagers, getting to grips with musical rudiments. The style is stodgy and sentimental, tonally and rhythmically stilted, melodically inane and adored by Catholic clergy “of a certain age.” Some Catholic dioceses run courses for wannabe composers to perpetuate this style. It is a scandal. People with hardly any training and experience of even the basic building blocks of music have been convinced that there is a place for their puerile stumblings and fumblings in the modern Catholic Church because real musicians are elitist and off-putting.
— James MacMillan (20 November 2013)

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Fascinating Videos From 1958 • Mass Sung In English!
published 8 April 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

963 Saint Mary Cathedral Sydney E HAVE TALKED quite a lot about the decisions of Pope Pius XII regarding the Liturgy. We’ve talked about some of the bizarre permissions in his 1958 document, pointing out that he was quite ill when this was promulgated (and would die shortly thereafter). We’ve discussed the Holy Week revisions under Pius XII, which were much more significant than I had previously realized. We’ve also talked about the “liturgical commentator”—a concept which filled Msgr. Francis P. Schmitt with horror—and noted that this didn’t seem to “catch on” in most places.

Allow me to share two fascinating videos from Australia. Throughout the course of both videos, explanations are given on the screen. From what I can tell, the explanations are not always 100% accurate. For example, they don’t explain—or give justification for—the children reciting the Creed in English:


These were produced by Fr. Don Richardson, whose email address is given during those videos.