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Aristotle A. Esguerra has served in the Diocese of Madison since 2009 as music director at the churches of St. Mary, Pine Bluff and St. Ignatius, Mount Horeb, and as the chant instructor to the Cistercian Nuns of Valley of Our Lady Monastery, Prairie du Sac.
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Tournemire could be charming or he could bite your head off. One day I could not replace him at St. Clotilde because I had a wedding to play at another church. Tournemire played on Sunday, period—that was all. He did not play weddings and so forth. (He put all that on my back.) So I went to Tournemire’s house to tell him, “Master, I am sorry but, for once, I cannot replace you. I have another obligation to fulfill.” He said, “Get out of here!” I left for good.
— Testimony of Maurice Duruflé

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Aristotle A. Esguerra
published 12 January 2013 by Aristotle A. Esguerra

RISTOTLE A. ESGUERRA has served in the Diocese of Madison since 2009 as music director at the churches of St. Mary, Pine Bluff and St. Ignatius, Mount Horeb, and as the chant instructor to the Cistercian Nuns of Valley of Our Lady Monastery, Prairie du Sac.

A passionate advocate of sung liturgy, he also serves as a cantor at the sung Masses celebrated by the Diocesan Vicar General — one of which is sung in Latin, the other in English. He has studied and sung Gregorian chant extensively since 2001, and its influence is reflected in his vernacular liturgical compositions for the Mass: ordinaries, responsorial psalms, and proper antiphons.


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