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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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Yet, with all its advantages, the new Missal was published as if it were a work put together by professors, not a phase in a continual growth process. Such a thing never happened before. It is absolutely contrary to the laws of liturgical growth, and it has resulted in the nonsensical notion that Trent and Pius V had “produced” a Missal four hundred years ago.
— Josef Cardinal Ratzinger (1986)

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“Dies Irae” • Why Does It Appear In So Many Movies?
published 16 September 2019 by Jeff Ostrowski

URING the Sacred Music Symposium each year, we spend hours explaining to the participants how Gregorian chant is the basis for Western music. We have an entire series on this, including expensive slides. Even the “B-Flat” and the “Natural” symbols come from Cantus Gregorianus. Readers of Views from the Choir Loft know we avoid posting YouTube videos, since everyone in the world can already search YouTube without our help.

However, the YouTube video below (about the Dies Irae) is worth watching. It was created by “VOX”—an organization I know absolutely nothing about:


PLEASE OVERLOOK anything considered inappropriate in the video.

Watershed is not the creator of this video.


See also the 2014 article by Veronica Brandt.