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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 People’s Hymnal suffers from a too literal and awkward translation. And even in the lovely Slovak “Memorare” in The Saint Gregory Hymnal we are still asked to sing “that anyone who sought thee, or made to thee his moan.” Why not “groan” or “bone” or even “phone?” The only thing necessary, it seems, is that it rhyme with “known.”
— Mons. Francis P. Schmitt (1958)

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“Crotalus” • How Does It Sound?
published 2 April 2018 by Jeff Ostrowski

Someone in the pews on Holy Thursday took this video using a pocket recorder:


“If the Crotalus is used, it is rattled whenever, on other days, the bell would be rung.”

—Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)


Did you hear it? It occurs toward the end of the video above.