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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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“Victoria not only made his professional debut as church organist: he also continued active on the organ bench until the very eve of his death. Indeed, during his last seven years at Madrid (1604-1611) he occupied no other musical post but that of convent organist.”
— Dr. Robert Stevenson (1961)

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PDF Download: Standard Catholic Hymnal (1921)
published 15 January 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

449 Standard Catholic Hymnal HE RARE HYMNALS we have been releasing all have one thing in common: None were available as a PDF download before we scanned & posted them. They’re absolutely fascinating from a historical perspective, and we’re searching through them to find any “hidden gems” for the forthcoming Jogues Hymnal. Here’s one compiled, edited, and arranged by James A. Reilly in 1921:

      * *  PDF: Standard Catholic Hymnal (1921)

Published by McLaughlin & Reilly (“Publishers of Catholic Church Music Exclusively”), it bears a 1921 Imprimatur by William Cardinal O’Connell, who had published his own hymnal in 1915. It’s no accident that the very first hymn in Reilly’s book is by Cardinal O’Connell.

Much could be said about this book, but for now I’ll mention just one thing. I was intrigued by the note written underneath John Henry Cardinal Newman’s hymn (#130):

This hymn is not approved by church music commissions in some dioceses due to its association with Protestant Services.

I hope you enjoy perusing this book as much as I did, friends!

P.S.

In the Jogues Hymnal, I hope something can be done with the amazing hymn A SOLIS ORTUS CARDINE and its 2nd part, CRUDELIS HERODES. This poem is so beautiful, yet so few Catholics know anything about it.