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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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"The Consilium is merely an assembly of people, many of them incompetent, and others well advanced on the road to novelty. The discussions are extremely hurried. Discussions are based on impressions and the voting is chaotic. […] Many of those who have influenced the reform […] have no love, and no veneration of that which has been handed down to us. They begin by despising everything that is actually there. This negative mentality is unjust and pernicious, and unfortunately, Paul VI tends a little to this side. They have all the best intentions, but with this mentality they have only been able to demolish and not to restore."
— Contemporary account of the Consilium by Cardinal Antonelli

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PDF Download • Rossini’s “Canticum Novum” (1935)
published 26 August 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

360 Rev. Carlo Rossini HERE’S NO SHORTAGE of information these days. The internet is like a giant wave that knocks one over; its sheer volume is overwhelming. One of the things—in my opinion—that distinguishes our blog is our careful avoidance of “cut and paste.” However, I must be honest today: I have not spent much time perusing the following book by Rev. Carlo Rossini.

    * *  PDF Rossini’s CANTICUM NOVUM (1935)

Here’s the official description:

A Collection of 115 Motets and Hymns, with an Easy Mass for Two Equal Voices.

This book is 206 pages. From what I can tell, the style is very much “of its time.” There really was a particular 1930s style; one which (perhaps) put too much emphasis on functionality as opposed to true inspiration. On the other hand, Rossini generally had a good sense for what “worked” in Church.

I do feel that this book is valuable, however. It has some rare texts and other items that will interest our readers. We are grateful to Mr. P. M. for sending it to us.