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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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A lot of the favoured new settings are musically illiterate, almost is if they were written by semi-trained teenagers, getting to grips with musical rudiments. The style is stodgy and sentimental, tonally and rhythmically stilted, melodically inane and adored by Catholic clergy “of a certain age.” Some Catholic dioceses run courses for wannabe composers to perpetuate this style. It is a scandal. People with hardly any training and experience of even the basic building blocks of music have been convinced that there is a place for their puerile stumblings and fumblings in the modern Catholic Church because real musicians are elitist and off-putting.
— James MacMillan (20 November 2013)

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Ven. Pope Pius XII Singing The Preface
published 10 April 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

Pope Pius XII was reputed to be a fine violinist. Here’s a recording of His Holiness singing the Preface:


He does not adhere strictly to the rhythm of the official edition (“Editio Vaticana”) which he strongly promoted as a Cardinal, especially in the letter he wrote for Peter Wagner’s student, Joseph Gogniat. In fact, he sings exactly as we would expect an Italian raised in the 1880s to sing. My fervent belief is that we all tend to imitate the Gregorian styles we heard as a child.