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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 Vatican Gradual cheered our hearts by restoring the authentic form of the hymns therein. But there are very few hymns in the Gradual. We looked forward to the continuation of the same work, where it was so much more needed, in the Vesperal, and then in the new Breviary. Alas, the movement, for the present, has stopped. The new Vesperal and then the Breviary contain Urban VIII’s versions. So at present we have the odd situation that in the Gradual the old form of the hymns is restored; but when the same hymn (for instance “Vexilia regis”) comes again in the Vesperal, we must sing the seventeenth-century mangling.
— Adrian Fortescue (25 March 1916)

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Major Typo • This Sunday's Introit
published 31 July 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

A SUPREMELY IMPORTANT BOOK—which until today I considered flawless—contains a major typo in the Introit for the Feast of the Transfiguration. Here is the Editio Vaticana (1908) which remains the Church’s official chant book, even in the Ordinary Form:

4797 editio vaticana

Can you spot which edition has a major error?

The 1953 Schwann edition has:

4797 Schwann edition 1953


Fr. Weinmann’s 1909 version of the Editio Vaticana has:

4797 editio vaticana WEINMANN 1909


My favorite book—“Mass & Vespers” (1957) by Solesmes—has:

4797 Mass & Vespers 1957


The 1961 Solesmes Graduale Romanum has:

4797 Solesmes Graduale 1961


The Liber Usualis has:

4797 Liber usualis


If you need help, visit St. René Goupil and download the Introit for the Transfiguration.