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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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"In accord with no. 55 of the instruction of the Congregation of Rites on music in the liturgy (March 5, 1967), the Conference of Bishops has determined that vernacular texts set to music composed in earlier periods may be used in liturgical services even though they may not conform in all details with the legitimately approved versions of liturgical texts (November, 1967). This decision authorizes the use of choral and other music in English when the older text is not precisely the same as the official version."
— Catholic Bishops for the dioceses of the United States (November, 1969)
Simplified Chants
published 9 December 2010 by Jeff Ostrowski

Here is a document proving that even the Pontifical Commission for the Editio Vaticana was aware that most parishes could, perhaps, not easily sing the melodies between the Epistle and Gospel. Since that time, many have made “simple arrangements” of these chants (the Gradual and Alleluia Verse).

Solesmes published two version of the Chants Abrégés, which can be located at GoupilChant.org, along with recordings. Richard Rice has published simplified versions. Justine Ward also published a very beautiful collection (6.5MB PDF). Caecilia published several interesting versions, as did many others, as well (e.g. the 1917 Schwann Graduale).

Probably the easiest (for amateur singers) are the Graduals and Alleluias published in the Mode II Psalm tone versions at GoupilChant.org, which have been carefully typeset:

I recently discovered that Max Springer also composed simplified versions (in his 1910 organ accompaniments to the Graduale), and here’s an example of one.

All the books mentioned in this article (and hundreds more!) are available for free and instant download at the Lalande Library of Rare Books, a ministry of Corpus Christi Watershed.