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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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“I should not like to be too harsh on this commission’s labors. It numbered a certain number of genuine scholars and more than one experienced and judicious pastor. Under different circumstances, they might have accomplished excellent work. Unfortunately, on the one hand, a deadly error in judgment placed the official leadership of this committee in the hands of a man who—though generous and brave—was not very knowledgeable: Cardinal Larcaro. He was utterly incapable of resisting the maneuvers of the mealy-mouthed scoundrel that the Neapolitan Vincentian, Annibale, a man as bereft of culture as he was of basic honesty, soon revealed himself to be.”
— Fr. Bouyer, a liturgical expert appointed by Pope Paul VI

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Organ Accompaniment • “Christe Supreme”
published 23 August 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

RECENTLY posted a polyphonic REFRAIN and paired it with a Gregorian hymn. Some choirs will not be able to sing the polyphony right away—or perhaps ever—but can still sing the Gregorian hymn. Here’s an organ accompaniment modulating into a higher key for the final verse:

    * *  ORGANIST “Christe Supreme”

Believe it or not, this Gregorian melody gave us the Solfège names: DO RE MI FA SOL LA. Originally, they called “Do” as “Ut.” I don’t know when or why they decided to change “Ut” into “Do.” If you google “Ut queant laxis,” you can learn more about why this hymn gave us Solfège. The French don’t use Solfège, by the way. They prefer numbers.