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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 spite of what it is currently called, the music of these songs is not modern: this musical style is not new, but has been played in the most profane places and surroundings (cabarets, music halls, often for more or less lascivious dances with foreign names). The people are led on to rock or swing. They all feel an urge to dance about. That sort of “body language” is certainly alien to our Western culture, unfavorable to contemplation and its origins are rather suspect. Most of the time our congregations, which already find it hard not to confuse the crochets and the quavers in a 6/8 bar, do not respect the rhythm; then one no longer feels like dancing, but with the rhythm gone to pieces, the habitual poorness of the melodic line becomes all the more noticeable.”
— Unnamed choirmaster (Northern France) circa 1986

PDF Download • Immac. Conception Booklet
published 8 December 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

3683 Immaculate ELOW, you will find the booklet for the Immaculate Conception, which I first posted several years ago. We had a “Schola Mass” at FSSP.la today—nothing but plainsong—which we do when our choir of 40 voices gets a day off. I printed the booklets, but made some last minute changes at the Church. We substituted for Mass II a mixture of Mass IV and Mass X, which was easily done since the Campion Hymnals contain the full KYRIALE. We also ended up using the Chants Abrégés version of the Gradual, which was easily accomplished since those are in the Goupil Graduals.

But it’s still nice to have these booklets (even when we are inspired to make last-minute changes) because we know that no matter what happens, we can sing the entire Mass from the booklet:


It struck me today—while singing the Introit—how powerful it is to have the English underneath each Latin word. (This is done for all the scores at the René Goupil website.) My knowledge of Latin is halfway decent, but while singing the notes I’m so glad to look under each word for a reminder. The Introit for today is not extremely familiar to me, but the musical phrases make a lot more sense when we understand their meaning.

In that booklet, you’ll see a splendid piece with these words:

He whom the whole world cannot contain was enclosed in thy womb…

We sang it during the Offertory incensation.


The priest who gave the homily said this feast was originally called “the feast of the Conception of Saint Anne.”