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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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Giovanni Doni is known for having changed the name of note “Ut,” renaming it “Do.” He convinced his contemporaries to make the change by arguing that 1) “Do” is easier to pronounce than “Ut,” and 2) “Do” is an abbreviation for “Dominus,” the Latin word for the Lord, Who is the tonic and root of the world. There is much academic speculation that Giovanni Doni also wanted to imprint himself into musical canon in perpetuity because “Do” is also ulteriorly an abbreviation for his family name.
— Giovanni Battista Doni died in 1647AD

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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.