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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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"The Consilium is merely an assembly of people, many of them incompetent, and others well advanced on the road to novelty. The discussions are extremely hurried. Discussions are based on impressions and the voting is chaotic. […] Many of those who have influenced the reform […] have no love, and no veneration of that which has been handed down to us. They begin by despising everything that is actually there. This negative mentality is unjust and pernicious, and unfortunately, Paul VI tends a little to this side. They have all the best intentions, but with this mentality they have only been able to demolish and not to restore."
— Contemporary account of the Consilium by Cardinal Antonelli

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Strong Vibrato • What Do You Think?
published 5 April 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

USICIANS AGREE ON VERY LITTLE. (Full stop.) However, when it comes to vibrato, most agree that “straight tone” becomes desirable the further back you go (Renaissance, Medieval, and so forth) whereas a more prominent vibrato becomes appropriate the closer you get to—let’s say—Giuseppe Verdi.

In my view, a controlled “tight” vibrato can be quite a beautiful thing:


On the other hand, too much vibrato can obscure the melodic line and become quite distracting. (It can even become the “u” word.) Do you agree the lady on the left pushes the envelope?


What do you think of a strong vibrato? Specifically, in the context of choral music?

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