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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 spite of what it is currently called, the music of these songs is not modern: this musical style is not new, but has been played in the most profane places and surroundings (cabarets, music halls, often for more or less lascivious dances with foreign names). The people are led on to rock or swing. They all feel an urge to dance about. That sort of “body language” is certainly alien to our Western culture, unfavorable to contemplation and its origins are rather suspect. Most of the time our congregations, which already find it hard not to confuse the crochets and the quavers in a 6/8 bar, do not respect the rhythm; then one no longer feels like dancing, but with the rhythm gone to pieces, the habitual poorness of the melodic line becomes all the more noticeable.”
— Unnamed choirmaster (Northern France) circa 1986
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.