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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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"Upon the road, René was always occupied with God. His words and the discourses he held were all expressive of submission to the commands of Divine Providence, and showed a willing acceptance of the death which God was sending him. He gave himself to God as a sacrifice, to be reduced to ashes by the fires of the Iroquois, which that good Father's hand would kindle. He sought the means to bless Him in all things and everywhere. Covered with wounds as he himself was, Goupil dressed the wounds of other persons, of the enemies who had received some blows in the fight as well as those of the prisoners. He opened the vein for a sick Iroquois. And he did it all with as much charity as if he had done it to persons who were his best friends."
— St. Isaac Jogues (writing in 1643)

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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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