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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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“Sacred music, being a complementary part of the solemn liturgy, participates in the general scope of the liturgy, which is the glory of God and the sanctification and edification of the faithful. It contributes to the decorum and the splendor of the ecclesiastical ceremonies, and since its principal office is to clothe with suitable melody the liturgical text proposed for the understanding of the faithful, its proper aim is to add greater efficacy to the text, in order that through it the faithful may be the more easily moved to devotion and better disposed for the reception of the fruits of grace belonging to the celebration of the most holy mysteries.”
— Pope Saint Pius X

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Solesmes is not infallible…
published 16 November 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

HE LEVEL OF PERFECTION attained by the liturgical books of Solesmes Abbey has inspired Catholics for well over a century. Abbot Pothier was not content to restore the authentic Gregorian rhythm and melodies. He collaborated with a Belgian printer to create a very special neumatic notation which has been copied to this day.

However, the monks of Solesmes are not infallible.

Look at the accent on the word ÁDJUVA in this 1926 book by Solesmes:

116 Adjuva


Perhaps they were thinking of “adjútor et protéctor factus est mihi.” Or perhaps they were thinking of “Adjútor meus, tibi psallam.” In most other Solesmes books, however, it’s correct:

115 kneel


For the record, some have suggested Solesmes had very little to do with this 1926 book (Chants Abrégés) which is said to have been created in Canada. However, there is contradictory information on that point.

Here’s an error in Solesmes “Mass & Vespers” (1957):

113 Mass Vespers ERROR


It’s nice to know that even the best & brightest make errors.

(Speaking of errors, according to Fr. George Rutler, I ought to have said “brightest and best” because that phrase comes from an Epiphany hymn.)