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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 place of liturgy as the fruit of development came fabricated liturgy. We abandoned the organic, living process of growth and development over centuries, and replaced it—as in a manufacturing process—with a fabrication, a banal on-the-spot product."
— Pope Benedict XVI, describing the postconciliar liturgical reforms

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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.