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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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Much of the beauty of the older forms was lost and the hymns did not really become classical. We have reason to hope that the present reform of the breviary will also give us back the old form of the hymns. But meanwhile it seems necessary to keep the later text. This is the one best known, it is given in all hymnbooks and is still the only authorized form. Only in one case have we printed the older text of a hymn, number 57, “Urbs Jerusalem.” The modern form of this begins: “Caelestis urbs Jerusalem.” But in this case the people who changed it in the seventeenth century did not even keep its metre; so the later version cannot be sung to the old, exceedingly beautiful tune.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)
"Holy, Holy, Holy" in honor of St. Anne Line
published 12 February 2012 by Jeff Ostrowski

Mass in honor of St. Anne Line — Free Organ Accompaniment — SANCTUS (“Holy, Holy, Holy”)
Roman Missal, 3rd Edition

Practice Video: Vimeo Video (highest quality)

Dr. Peter Kwasniewski’s fine organ harmonization is here.

However, this morning I did my own version: (PDF score)

I am so grateful for the all support of my free “Mass in honor of St. Ralph Sherwin,” which has already been downloaded more than 9,000 times. However, my personal favorite setting of the “Holy, Holy, Holy” that I have composed is the one in honor of St. Anne Line, which is found in the Vatican II Hymnal, along with 100+ pages of other settings in Latin/English.


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