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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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“Today the Church has made a big mistake, turning the clock back 500 years with guitars and popular songs. I don't like it at all. Gregorian Chant is a vital and important tradition of the Church and to waste this—by having guys mix religious words with profane, Western songs—is hugely grave, hugely grave.”
— Maestro Ennio Morricone (10 Sept 2009)

Solesmes Monastery & Latin Accents
published 10 June 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

RECENTLY cited a Latin word whose accent determines the meaning. Solesmes always includes the accent, but at some point they decided to start including accents on words of two syllables, which is almost never done. I don’t know what prompted this decision, and they are inconsistent about this:

642 Solesmes Accents

I suspect that in a long melisma it’s hard to know “where you are” so it makes sense to place an accent on a word of two syllables. However—as I mentioned already—this is almost never done, because everybody knows that in Latin words with two syllables the accent goes on the first (except for Hebrew words).

It just feels odd to write Déus. Do people really think it could be Deús? Or maybe I need to realize that not everyone was blessed to have good teachers like I was.

Could it be that the Solesmes editions had begun to spread into countries whose language was not derived from Latin? They would probably appreciate accent marks on two-syllable words.

Another example of inconsistency:

636 hyphen

Another example of inconsistency:

615 accents

This one, as well:

564 accent

Look at the inconsistency between 1926 and 1955 on the words OMNEM and SUPER:

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