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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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That the Mass is the central feature of the Catholic religion hardly needs to be said. During the Reformation (and always) the Mass has been the test. The word of the Reformers—“It is the Mass that matters”—was true. The long persecution of Catholics in England took the practical form of laws chiefly against saying Mass; for centuries the occupant of the English throne was obliged to manifest his Protestantism, not by a general denial of the whole system of Catholic dogma, but by a formal repudiation of the doctrine of Transubstantiation and of the Mass.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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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.