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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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“Today the Church has made a big mistake, turning the clock back 500 years with guitars and popular songs. I don't like it at all. Gregorian Chant is a vital and important tradition of the Church and to waste this—by having guys mix religious words with profane, Western songs—is hugely grave, hugely grave.”
— Maestro Ennio Morricone (10 Sept 2009)

Can You Say “Theft” ?
published 20 December 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

Y NO MEANS does the St. Jean de Brébeuf Hymnal consist only of new texts—although we have plenty of those. We also examine translations of Roman Catholic hymns done in the past, selecting the most excellent. The committee is currently working on a hymn by Most Rev. Venantius Fortunatus (d. 609AD) called “Agnoscat omne saeculum.”

Unless I am mistaken, John David Chambers stole 90% of Neale’s rhymes—without attribution—for his “Sarum Psalter,” published a year after Neale’s version first appeared.

Meet / complete
Root / fruit
Made / laid
Skies / lies
And so forth

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Dr. John Julian lists the translation by Chambers as a separate work, making no mention of his apparent theft.

Or am I wrong?