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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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"As the subject of the language of worship was discussed in the Council hall over the course of several days, I followed the process with great attention, as well as later the various wordings of the Liturgy Constitution until the final vote. I still remember very well how after several radical proposals a Sicilian bishop rose and implored the fathers to allow caution and reason to reign on this point, because otherwise there would be the danger that the entire Mass might be held in the language of the people — whereupon the entire hall burst into uproarious laughter."
— Alfons Cardinal Stickler (1997)

PDF Download: “Laudate Hymnal” (1942) … An Exceptionally Rare Book!
published 21 January 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

435 Laudate Hymnal & Choirbook 1942 E HAVE BEEN posting a lot of rare hymnals lately, in preparation for the Jogues Hymnal. This one, however—the famous Laudate Hymnal—is a real find, for both the Ordinary & Extraordinary Forms.

We give the 1950 edition, because (in that edition) they added the names of the authors and composers. Believe it or not, it was never the custom for early Catholic hymnals to include items we now consider absolutely essential, such as the tune names & meters. I’m told the Mediator Dei Hymnal was among the first to remedy this unbelievable situation.

This 274-page file is very large:

      * *  PDF • Laudate Hymnal & Choir Book (1942)

Dr. Horst Buchholz, Vice-President of the Church Music Association of America, recently made this comment on the CCW Facebook page:

Another vernacular hymnal in my humble collection is the beautiful “Laudate” Hymnal from 1942, which was commissioned by Bishop Paul Schulte for the Diocese of Leavenworth, KS [now the Archdiocese of Kansas City, KS]. The hymnal replaced an older (vernacular) hymnbook by Fr. Hohe, and the musical settings are by Fr. Herman Koch, and Fr. Andrew Green, OSB. Definitely worth a look!

You’ll see Dr. Buchholz was 100% correct when you read the Foreword.

We’ve also made available the Complete Proper Of The Mass, With Organ Accompaniment—published by the same authors in 1946.