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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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“If I could only make the faithful sing the Kyrie, the Gloria, the Credo, the Sanctus, and the Agnus Dei…that would be to me the finest triumph sacred music could have, for it is in really taking part in the liturgy that the faithful will preserve their devotion. I would take the Tantum Ergo, the Te Deum, and the Litanies sung by the people over any piece of polyphony.”
— Giuseppe Cardinal Sarto, Letter to Msgr. Callegari (1897)
How does Chabanel measure up?
published 20 November 2010 by Jeff Ostrowski

In honor of THIS BRAND NEW CHABANEL PROJECT (Nov. 2010), here is a special video that compares samples of Chabanel Psalms to other popular Responsorial Psalms:

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It will be noticed that the Chabanel Refrains follow the model of chant: free rhythm, Gregorian modality, no difficult leaps, and a limited range, easily singable by anyone.

The “typical” Responsorial Psalms are all rhythmically composed & rhythmically driven. Furthermore, they employ Major-minor tonality instead of the Church modes. They also use a lot of syncopation and hard skips.