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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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Much of the beauty of the older forms was lost and the hymns did not really become classical. We have reason to hope that the present reform of the breviary will also give us back the old form of the hymns. But meanwhile it seems necessary to keep the later text. This is the one best known, it is given in all hymnbooks and is still the only authorized form. Only in one case have we printed the older text of a hymn, number 57, “Urbs Jerusalem.” The modern form of this begins: “Caelestis urbs Jerusalem.” But in this case the people who changed it in the seventeenth century did not even keep its metre; so the later version cannot be sung to the old, exceedingly beautiful tune.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)

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“Sacred Vs. Secular Music” • Fr. John C. Selner
published 20 July 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

EOPLE OFTEN ASK about the difference between SACRED and SECULAR music. Fr. John C. Selner, known for his work with the Society of Saint Gregory before the Second Vatican Council, attempted to provide an answer in this 1965 essay:

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This paragraph was particularly thought-provoking:

495 Fr. Selner


His writing style reminds me of Msgr. Francis P. Schmitt, who ran a “rival” publication—Caecilia Magazine. The “rivalry” ended when both organizations came together in 1965, forming the Church Music Association of America, and this essay appeared in the inaugural CMAA Journal.