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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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Essentially the Missal of St. Pius V is the Gregorian Sacramentary; that again is formed from the Gelasian book which depends on the Leonine collection. We find the prayers of our Canon in the treatise “De Sacramentis” and allusions to it in the 4th century. So our Mass goes back, without essential change, to the age when it first developed out of the oldest liturgy of all. It is still redolent of that liturgy, of the days when Caesar ruled the world and thought he could stamp out the faith of Christ, when our fathers met together before dawn and sang a hymn to Christ as to a God. The final result of our enquiry is that, in spite of unsolved problems, in spite of later changes, there is not in Christendom another rite so venerable as ours.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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Help Needed From Organists Who Can Improvise!
published 5 August 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

E HAVE BEEN SINGING singing psalm tones in Mode 1 for the offertories, such as this one (for this coming Sunday). I would like to collect as many different organ introductions as possible. Can you compose one for me? It should last about 35 seconds.

If I were to write one, I’d probably place the melody in the Tenor, then move it to the Bass in augmentation, then end with it in the Soprano. (We begin the psalm tone on “F” so the first three notes are F-G-A.) The melody of the psalm tone must be quite obvious, so the singers can hear it easily. The whole purpose is to find a more artistic way of giving the correct pitches to the singers. Please email me your submission—thank you!

By the way, here’s a beautiful improvisation someone did at the Colloquium:

    * *  Organ ImprovisationCMAA Colloquium 2009

It’s based on the Alleluia for the Blessed Virgin Mary, which was the Mass of the day—and I just love it!