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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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A lot of the favoured new settings are musically illiterate, almost is if they were written by semi-trained teenagers, getting to grips with musical rudiments. The style is stodgy and sentimental, tonally and rhythmically stilted, melodically inane and adored by Catholic clergy “of a certain age.” Some Catholic dioceses run courses for wannabe composers to perpetuate this style. It is a scandal. People with hardly any training and experience of even the basic building blocks of music have been convinced that there is a place for their puerile stumblings and fumblings in the modern Catholic Church because real musicians are elitist and off-putting.
— James MacMillan (20 November 2013)

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New English Hymnal • Voice-Leading
published 7 November 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

ONSTANT CRITICS are deleterious and corrosive. The internet is full of people who find fault with everything. That being said, in the past we’ve sometimes pointed out errors in the Solesmes books—e.g. here and here—to show that even the very best make mistakes. Realizing this, we obtain the strength necessary to avoid paralysis.

Consider this page from the New English Hymnal:

4022 New English Hymnal Parallel Fifths


This is not very good voice leading, folks. They should have stuck with the harmonization in Woodward’s book. Yet, that’s one of the best hymnals.

IT IS IMPORTANT to point out and praise musicians who are accomplishing nice things. Consider what Mr. Jacob Flaherty has been up to:

    * *  Article • Palestrina’s Missa Aeterna Christi Munera

The video excerpts (which I wish were available on YouTube) sound very good. And if the recordings sound good, the real life sound must have been marvelous, as we’ve discussed.