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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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“At the hour for the Divine Office, | as soon as the signal is heard, | let them abandon whatever they may have in hand | and hasten with the greatest speed, | yet with seriousness, so that there is no excuse for levity. | Let nothing be preferred to the sacred liturgy.”
— Rule of St. Benedict (Chapter 43)

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Josquin Des Prez Vandalized Stuff (!)
published 26 October 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

4121 arguam HEN I WAS STUDYING musicology in graduate school, the professor hurried into class one day and exclaimed gleefully: “Josquin vandalized things!”

Then she spoke of an article she read which described how someone discovered Josquin’s name “etched onto the back of a pew, proving he was a singer at the Vatican.” At that time, I wondered how we could be certain it was Josquin des Prez (d. 1521) who created the vandalism and not somebody else. (But I admit it’s more fun to assume it to be authentic and not a forgery!)

My professor must have been talking about marker 1:12 in this stunningly well-produced video:


Unfortunately, that’s pretty much all I remember from graduate studies!

P.S.

Sometimes it’s hard to remember the famous Renaissance composers were not hired as such—they were hired as singers.

Sorry to change subjects, and sorry to be random, but I discovered something yesterday. It turns out Ted Marier was not infallible. Examine carefully the bottom of this page:

4120 MARIER


Marier says the translation was by “anonymous”—but unless I’m mistaken, this translation was produced by Fr. Caswall.