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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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"Since such is the nature of man that he cannot easily without external means be raised to meditation on divine things, on that account holy Mother Church has instituted certain rites, namely that certain things be pronounced in a subdued tone (canon and words of consecration) and others in a louder tone; she has likewise made use of ceremonies such as mystical blessings, lights, incense, vestments, and many other things of this kind in accordance with apostolic teaching and tradition, whereby both the majesty of so great a sacrifice might be commended, and the minds of the faithful excited by these visible signs of religion and piety to the contemplation of the most sublime matters which are hidden in this sacrifice."
— Council of Trent (Session XXII)

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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.