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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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“I still haven’t made up my mind whether I shall publish it all. Some people are so humorless, so uncharitable, and so absurdly wrong-headed, that one would probably do far better to relax and enjoy life than worry oneself to death trying to instruct or entertain a public which will only despise one’s efforts, or at least feel no gratitude for them. Most readers know nothing about canon law. Many regard it with contempt and find everything heavy going that isn’t completely lowbrow. Some are so grimly serious that they disapprove of all humor. Others come to different conclusions every time they stand up or sit down. They seize upon your publications, as a wrestler seizes upon his opponent’s hair, and use them to drag you down, while they themselves remain quite invulnerable, because their barren pates are completely bald, so there’s nothing for you to get hold of.”
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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.