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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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“We know that originally the offertories of the repertoire included a series of verses, just like the introit and the communion, but generally more ornate. Many of these are musical compositions of great beauty. They quickly fell into disuse, and we find them only in the most ancient manuscripts. The only remaining trace of this older arrangement in our present-day liturgy is that of the offertory of the Requiem Mass.”
— Dom Joseph Gajard (1956)

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Simple Yet Beautiful Easter Piece You Might Want To Sing This Sunday
published 17 April 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

911 Vita Sanctorum ERE’S A PIECE you might want to sing this Sunday. It uses a simple SATB refrain with a truly great hymn tune (COELITES PLAUDANT). The verses come from an Easter poem found in many ancient manuscripts; this one, for example.

Unison singing is mixed with polyphony (and I would recommend having your men & women alternate on the verses):

    * *  PDF Download • Vita Sanctorum with Refrain

Here’s an EQUAL VOICES rehearsal video:


Rehearsal videos for each singer:

SOPRANO:   YouTube

ALTO:   YouTube

TENOR:   YouTube

BASS:   YouTube