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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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Video Demonstration Of Polyphony
published 26 June 2013 by Jeff Ostrowski

LL OF MY MASSES were composed under certain constraints. It was necessary for them to be (1) relatively simple; (2) able to be sung with or without organ accompaniment; and, (3) within a “congregational” vocal range. Some might quibble with the notion that my Masses are “polyphonic,” since polyphony usually has more rests and slightly more independent vocal lines. A fairly nice definition of “polyphony” says that each voice has its own melody. In any event, I would submit that my Masses are as polyphonic as possible, given the restrictions I’ve already mentioned.

Below, I will provide links to everything required — SATB scores, organ scores, practice videos, and so forth. But first, please listen to these extremely short video demonstrations of polyphony:

      * *  Short Video Demonstration (1)

      * *  Short Video Demonstration (2)

Hopefully those videos provided a “taste” of the richness that is (I hope!) contained in each phrase of my Mass settings. You probably noticed that each phrase is “layered” — so there is always plenty to “listen for” no matter how many times the Mass is sung.

AS I PROMISED, below are the files for the SATB “Glory to God” in honor of Saint Edmund Arrowsmith. If you would like to download all four (4) of my Mass settings for the New Translation of the Roman Missal, please click here.


St. Edmund Arrowsmith “Glory to God”Roman Missal, 3rd Edition

            Cantor & Organist: (VIDEO)

            SATB choral version: (VIDEO)

            SATB choral score: (PDF).

            Congregational score: Melody-Only (PDF)

            SATB Training Video SOPRANO:  (VIDEO)   •   (Mp3 audio)
            SATB Training Video ALTO:  (VIDEO)   •   (Mp3 audio)
            SATB Training Video TENOR:  (VIDEO)   •   (Mp3 audio)
            SATB Training Video BASS:  (VIDEO)   •   (Mp3 audio)

Finally, as I mentioned above, you can also download complete PDF scores for this entire Mass.