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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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“I still haven’t made up my mind whether I shall publish it all. Some people are so humorless, so uncharitable, and so absurdly wrong-headed, that one would probably do far better to relax and enjoy life than worry oneself to death trying to instruct or entertain a public which will only despise one’s efforts, or at least feel no gratitude for them. Most readers know nothing about canon law. Many regard it with contempt and find everything heavy going that isn’t completely lowbrow. Some are so grimly serious that they disapprove of all humor. Others come to different conclusions every time they stand up or sit down. They seize upon your publications, as a wrestler seizes upon his opponent’s hair, and use them to drag you down, while they themselves remain quite invulnerable, because their barren pates are completely bald, so there’s nothing for you to get hold of.”
— St. Thomas More to Peter Gilles, 1516

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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.