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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 second class of tunes—which can also be said with certainty to fall under the profane—are those which are written in the style of secular songs and which, if heard without the words, would be recognized only as such. In these, as a rule, the devotional gives way to the sentimental, cheerfulness to levity and oftentimes vulgarity, while not even an attempt is made to give a serious or dignified musical expression to the sentiments embodied in the words of the hymn. Not the least objectionable feature of some of these tunes is a jingling piano accompaniment quite unsuited to the church organ.
— Preface to a Roman Catholic Hymnal (1896)

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Los Angeles • Audio Excerpts from Solemn Mass
published 9 May 2018 by Jeff Ostrowski

AST SUNDAY, 6 May 2018, Solemn Mass was offered by Rev. Gerard Saguto at the FSSP Apostolate in Los Angeles. Fr. Saguto is FSSP District Superior in the United States:

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Insanity has been described as “doing the same over and over while expecting different results.” Time and again I have tried to make clear that pocket recordings do not faithfully reproduce choral sound. In real life, the sounds I hear are absolutely luscious and absolutely glorious. Yet, when I hear a playback from a pocket recording device—such as my iPhone—I hear terrible distortion. The playback too often sounds harsh, trashy, and “flattened.”

But I never learn my lesson…and I continue to post excerpts because I want to give an idea of what we do here in Los Angeles. You can hear some iPhone recordings of the singing courtesy of the “TLM LA” YouTube channel. (The Communion Hymn at the 4:00 marker came out nicely.)

Remember:

Pocket recording devices do not reproduce choral sound with anything approaching accuracy.