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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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We sternly urge adherence to the established norms by those who raise an uproar or a challenge in the name of a misunderstood creative freedom, and thus inflict so much harm on the Church with their rash innovations, so vulgar, so frivolous—and sometimes even lamentably profane. Otherwise the essence of dogma and obviously of ecclesiastical discipline will be weakened, in line with the famous axiom: "lex orandi, lex credendi." We therefore call for absolute loyalty so that the rule of faith may remain safe.
— Pope Paul VI (27 June 1977)

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“Simple Kyriale” for Dumb Organists Like Me!
published 25 August 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

NE OF THE THINGS you learn as choirmaster is that doing easy music well is better than performing complicated music poorly. That’s why I think our readers will find the following book of organ accompaniments helpful. Close to a decade ago, this book was posted in the Lalande Library, which you should explore when you have time. Most of the books found there came from my personal collection, but this particular book came from the generous heart of MR. TED KRASNICKI.

It’s a groovy little book from 1937 that can be “tossed” in front of an amateur organist:

    * *  PDF Download • 1937 SIMPLE KYRIALE

Here’s a sample page:

177 Sample


When I want to scare my (excellent) organist, I threaten her: “I can play that one, if you like.” While it’s true that I do a decent job as organist if I practice in advance, I hardly ever have time. Remember: an organist must not only play all the correct notes—the registration must also be correct! And correct registration depends on many different factors.