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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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“In the 17th century came the crushing blow which destroyed the beauty of all Breviary hymns. Pope Urban VIII (d. 1644) was a Humanist. In a fatal moment he saw that the hymns do not all conform to the rules of classical prosody.”
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

Congregational Singing in the Year 1903
published 14 June 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

ACK IN 2008, Watershed placed online about 30,000 pages of rare Gregorian books. Most of these books—including the 1903 Liber Usualis of Mocquereau—were not previously available. Over the years, I’ve tried to bring attention to the «Manuale» by Solesmes, which we placed in three versions: 1903 Gregorian, 1903 Modern, and 1902. My efforts have not been very successful, by and large.

Today, let me share two instances of the value of these books. In Dom Mocquereau’s rhythmic version of the Editio Vaticana Gloria IX, I’ve always wondered why he seemingly neglects a dot, shown in pink:

451 Mocquereau

When we examine the 1903 «Manuale» and the 1903 Liber Usualis, we see this dot also missing. In other words, Mocquereau did not make a mistake in 1905, when Pothier published the Editio Vaticana.

Consider, also, the PREFACE—is it not fascinating? Remember, this is the year 1903, more than a decade before the first world war:

450 Solesmes Manuale PREFACE

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