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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 effectiveness of liturgy does not lie in experimenting with rites and altering them over and over, nor in a continuous reductionism, but solely in entering more deeply into the word of God and the mystery being celebrated. It is the presence of these two that authenticates the Church's rites, not what some priest decides, indulging his own preferences.
— Liturgicae Instaurationes (1970)

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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.