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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 lives with his wife and two children.
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"What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful."
— His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI (7 July 2007)

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SATB “Alleluia” By Palestrina • Brief, Easy, & Sumptuous
published 25 August 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

HEN JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH visited King Frederick II on 7 May 1747, the king gave him a challenging fugue subject, which Bach used to create gorgeous music. Something similar was done with the melody of “Ut Re Mi Fa Sol La” by the great composers. My choir has already done a version by Morales, and now we are doing one by Palestrina:

    * *  PDF Download • ALLELUIA “Ut Re Mi Fa Sol La”

By the way, both those composers—Palestrina & Morales—wrote full Masses in which the theme constantly appears in the most ingenious ways.


The following rehearsal videos provide Solfège versions, and I believe that using Solfège will allow you to teach your choir this piece in no time flat. (Pardon the pun!)


Rehearsal Videos :

EQUAL VOICES : YouTube   •   Mp3 Audio

SOPRANO : YouTube   •   Audio   incl. Solfège

ALTO : YouTube   •   Audio   incl. Solfège

TENOR : YouTube   •   Audio   incl. Solfège

BASS : YouTube   •   Audio   incl. Solfège


You owe it to yourself to sing through the Alto line … such fun!