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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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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.