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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 Jesuits have spoiled the work of Christian antiquity, under pretext of restoring the hymns in accordance with the laws of metre and elegant language.”
— M. Ulysse Chevalier (1891)
Watershed Liturgical Initiatives
published 5 July 2010 by Jeff Ostrowski

What Corpus Christi Watershed has accomplished with regard to Liturgical resources is truly amazing. As a matter of fact, we have reached a point where there are simply too many projects to mention. How can one encapsulate or describe in brief so many thousands of free Mp3’s, practice videos, and scores? How can one do justice to the numerous composers who have been so generous in donating their scores?

There is a real danger that in mentioning individual composer A, who has helped us tremendously, I will leave out composers B, C, & D. On the other hand, I know that our Watershed guest composers are not helping us in order to gain recognition in the sight of the world. Rather, they help on account of their desire to serve the Church. As a matter of fact, many of our composers and contributors do not even want their names listed! May God bless them for their generosity and humility. Qui autem se exaltaverit, humiliabitur: et qui se humiliaverit, exaltabitur.

It seems to me that the logical thing to do is to simply focus on one or two individual contributors with each blog entry. Therefore, if today I mention composers A & B, rest assured that tomorrow I will mention composers D, E, & F, and, perhaps, next week, composers G & H.

One of our guest composers is Fr. Samuel Weber, a Benedictine monk who currently heads The Institute of Sacred Music in St. Louis, MO. Fr. Weber also teaches at Kenrick Seminary and is a scholar of the Latin language. Without question, Fr. Samuel is one of the world’s leading composers of Sacred music, and his music was even chosen to be performed in front of His Holiness, Benedict XVI, on the occasion of the Pope’s visit to the United States.

Fr. Weber’s compositions can be found on the Institute Website, and also on Corpus Christi Watershed’s websites dedicated to Liturgical resources.

Mp3 Audio Recording by Matthew J. Curtis        PDF Score by Fr. Weber

Here is a recent recording by Matthew J. Curtis. The score is Fr. Weber’s setting of the Responsorial Psalm for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C. More options can be found here.