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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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“Oh, the happy choir director who is hired to start work on a brand new choir, or who walks into his first rehearsal a total stranger to the existing group—what a fortunate man he is! The new choir director who is a former member of the choir, or a member of the congregation, or the nephew of the alto soloist, or a former altar boy, or otherwise well acquainted with the choir, is in for a few headaches.”
— Paul Hume (1956)

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PDF Download: Notre Dame Hymn Tune Book (1905)
published 13 January 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

452 Notre Dame Hymn Book BELIEVE that we can disagree without being disagreeable. Let me be honest: I’m not a fan of most of the hymns in this rare book from 1905. I dislike many of the tunes and most of the texts. Moreover, the scarcity of attributions is appalling. However, it’s very important from a historical point of view:

      * *  PDF: Notre Dame Hymn Book (1905)

The text/melody pairings are also remarkable. For example, to the tunes for “Hark, The Herald Angels Sing” and “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” they have set odd words.

I find many of these texts so saccharine! At the same time, perhaps Catholics 100 years ago were (somehow) brought closer to our Lord by these texts. In that sense, who am I to condemn them? However, as you can see here, the Irish Ecclesiastical Record didn’t mince words.

The Notre Dame Hymn Book • Compiled and arranged in 1905 by Frank Birtchnell & Moir Brown.