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The Vatican Gradual cheered our hearts by restoring the authentic form of the hymns therein. But there are very few hymns in the Gradual. We looked forward to the continuation of the same work, where it was so much more needed, in the Vesperal, and then in the new Breviary. Alas, the movement, for the present, has stopped. The new Vesperal and then the Breviary contain Urban VIII’s versions. So at present we have the odd situation that in the Gradual the old form of the hymns is restored; but when the same hymn (for instance “Vexilia regis”) comes again in the Vesperal, we must sing the seventeenth-century mangling.
— Adrian Fortescue (25 March 1916)

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Jeffrey M. Ostrowski
published 24 December 2012 by Corpus Christi Watershed

87038-Jeff-Ostrowski-Photograph EFFREY M. OSTROWSKI holds his B.M. in Music Theory from the University of Kansas (2004) and has done graduate work in the fields of Musicology and Education. In February of 2011, Mr. Ostrowski was elected President of Watershed. His scholarship has focused on the historical performance of plainsong and polyphony of the High Renaissance, resulting in several early music CDs and an internationally broadcast television documentary. He founded—and still oversees—the Sacred Music Symposium, which promotes authentic church music at the grass roots level. While serving as assistant organist for Corpus Christi Cathedral, he played on television hundreds of times.

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In the past, he has directed the Cristóbal de Morales Consortium, Corpus Christi Cathedral Schola Cantorum, and a high school choral program. He assisted in the production of the Campion Hymnal and Jogues Missal. Frequently chosen as presenter at the CMAA Colloquium and other national gatherings, Mr. Ostrowski is known across the globe as a composer, and his compositions have been sung in Saint Peter’s Basilica (Vatican City). 1

He currently serves as choirmaster for the new FSSP Apostolate in Los Angeles, CA, where he lives with his wife and two children.


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NOTES FROM THIS ARTICLE:

1   Mr. Ostrowski also publishes many of his works under a pen name which will be revealed someday.