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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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Tournemire could be charming or he could bite your head off. One day I could not replace him at St. Clotilde because I had a wedding to play at another church. Tournemire played on Sunday, period—that was all. He did not play weddings and so forth. (He put all that on my back.) So I went to Tournemire’s house to tell him, “Master, I am sorry but, for once, I cannot replace you. I have another obligation to fulfill.” He said, “Get out of here!” I left for good.
— Testimony of Maurice Duruflé

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PDF Download • “Cantus Varii” (469 Pages)
published 21 February 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

348 Cantus Varii SOLESMES pdf HEN WE ANNOUNCED the upcoming Symposium, reference was made to a remarkable “revolution” that’s happened over 20+ years with regard to reclaiming authentic Roman Catholic liturgy. Another piece has been added—the Church Music Association of America has carefully scanned and posted this book:

    * *  PDF “Cantus Varii” (Solesmes, 1928)

Many rare chants in this book were omitted from “Cantus Selecti” (1957) and the “Liber Cantualis” (1995). The Sequence beginning on page 208 (“Sálve díes diérum glória”) is particularly charming. It would later be included—with a bunch of ictus added—in the Ordo Hebdomadae Sanctae printed in 1961 by Solesmes.

Whoever donated this book appears to have favored English for this chant:

347 Sperabo


What would the tune’s composer—Dom Pothier—have thought of that?

(If anyone owns this book, perhaps they could donate the pages which have been vandalized with English. I suspect the CMAA would replace those pages right readily.)