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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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Much of the beauty of the older forms was lost and the hymns did not really become classical. We have reason to hope that the present reform of the breviary will also give us back the old form of the hymns. But meanwhile it seems necessary to keep the later text. This is the one best known, it is given in all hymnbooks and is still the only authorized form. Only in one case have we printed the older text of a hymn, number 57, “Urbs Jerusalem.” The modern form of this begins: “Caelestis urbs Jerusalem.” But in this case the people who changed it in the seventeenth century did not even keep its metre; so the later version cannot be sung to the old, exceedingly beautiful tune.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)

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PDF Download • All Souls Day
published 2 November 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

ERE IS THE BOOKLET we used for All Souls Day (2 November). I was going to use a different Communion piece, but I ran out of time:

    * *  PDF Download • All Souls Booklet (29 pages)

Please note • If you’re singing a funeral, you must download the “Subveníte Sancti Dei,” which can be obtained from the St. René Goupil website.

I’ve done two posts about the Requiem Mass over the last few weeks:   01   02

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You can listen to helpful Mp3 rehearsal files for the entire Requiem—after you scroll down to NOVEMBER 2ND—by visiting the Goupil website.