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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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“One would be straying from the straight path were he to wish the altar restored to its primitive table form; were he to want black excluded as a color for the liturgical vestments; were he to forbid the use of sacred images and statues in Churches; were he to order the crucifix so designed that the divine Redeemer's body shows no trace of His cruel sufferings; and lastly were he to disdain and reject polyphonic music or singing in parts, even where it conforms to regulations issued by the Holy See.”
— Ven. Pope Pius XII (20 November 1947)

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Being Careful With Hymns
published 8 August 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

RECENTLY PUBLISHED some reflections on Gregorian hymnody and the Latin accent. I would like to repeat that, in the final analysis, hymn construction is an art form not a science. Each individual “ear” must decide what is acceptable.

For myself, the musical emphasis on “THE shown here is bothersome:

226 The


At the same time, I realize that once we start down this road we might end up eliminating an excessive amount of hymn pairings! By the way, that page is from a book produced at Westminster, which you can download by clicking on the “Hymnal” tab at the top of the page. The relevant information is as follows:

1948 • DAILY HYMN BOOK (Westminster & Desclée) —360pg

The various entities involved in producing that book are all quite respectable.