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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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“Since the ability of Francisco Guerrero is now abundantly known to all […] he shall henceforth act as master of the boys so long as: ( 1) he must teach them to read, write, and to sing the responsories, versicles, antiphons, lessons, and kalends, and other parts of divine service; (2) he shall teach them plainchant, harmony, and counterpoint, his instruction in counterpoint to include both the art of adding a melody to a plainsong and to an already existing piece of polyphonic music; (3) he shall always clothe them decently and properly, see that they wear good shoes, and ensure that their beds are kept perfectly clean; (4) he shall feed them the same food that he himself eats and never take money from them for anything having to do with their services in church or their musical instruction…” [cont’d]
— Málaga Cathedral Document (11 September 1551)
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.