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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.”
— St. Thomas More to Peter Gilles, 1516

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The Amazing Uy Family Singers!
published 12 April 2019 by Jeff Ostrowski

HE IDEA BEHIND the Brébeuf Hymnal is to provide melodies which are supremely dignified yet not difficult to sing—i.e. simple but stately. These “common tunes” were married to numerous texts, because (sadly) most Catholic congregations don’t know many excellent tunes, and teaching new ones requires months of patient perseverance. However, the Tune/Text pairings must be done with great sensitivity. You wouldn’t normally want to marry an Easter text to a Christmas melody, for example—even though the Arundel Hymnal did precisely that—and don’t even get me started on the pairings in the Pope Pius XII Hymnal.

You will have to forgive me, therefore, for posting a Christmas Carol when we are so close to the Sacred Triduum. This particular setting by Peter Lejeune was featured on the CCWatershed blog during Advent. I was so impressed, I couldn’t resist sharing it:


Rehearsal videos—along with PDF score—are located at #87488. Remember this setting when Christmas comes around. We sang it in Los Angeles, and it was a big hit.

For the record, Peter Lejeune was among those who contributed original harmonies to the the Saint Jean de Brébeuf Hymnal accompaniment edition, which is supposed to appear any day now.