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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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“More and more as we grow older, we find that the people we see most of are recent acquaintances; not (perhaps) very congenial to us, but chance has thrown them in our way. Meanwhile, the people we used to know so well—for whom we once entertained such warm feelings—are now remembered by a card at Christmas (if we can succeed in finding the address). How good we are at making friends, when we are young; how bad at keeping them! How eagerly, as we grow older, do we treasure up the friendships that are left to us, like beasts that creep together for warmth!”
— Msgr. Ronald Knox (1888-1957)

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Indispensable • “Musician's Guide to Good Friday”
published 23 March 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

T IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL that musicians singing for Good Friday have in front of them the entire service, and not just the parts they sing. Because of this, I have put together the following booklet, which some may find useful:

    * *  PDF Download • “Musician’s Guide to Good Friday”

The booklet is for the Extraordinary Form, but the music is almost identical in the Ordinary Form. (I think the antiphon “Crucem Tuam” was displaced in the 1970s.)


Here are Mp3 versions:

Mp3 Audio • Part 1 of 2

Mp3 Audio • Part 2 of 2

What can be said of the prayers for Good Friday? Who could meditate upon them without being moved? My first chant teacher, Fr. Peter Gee, always said his favorite chants were the ones for Good Friday, and I think he was right.