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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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The soul is distracted from that which is sung by a chant that is employed for the purpose of giving pleasure. But if the singer chant for the sake of devotion, he pays more attention to what he says, both because he lingers more thereon, and because, as Augustine remarks (Confess. x, 33), “each affection of our spirit, according to its variety, has its own appropriate measure in the voice, and singing, by some hidden correspondence wherewith it is stirred.” The same applies to the hearers, for even if some of them understand not what is sung, yet they understand why it is sung, namely, for God's glory: and this is enough to arouse their devotion.
— St. Thomas Aquinas

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Introit For The Immaculate Conception (8 December)
published 2 December 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

HE INTROIT for December 8th (Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary) is one of the longer Introits we find:


Here’s how it looks in modern notation, taken from a 1924 Solesmes book:

    * *  PDF Download • Modern Notation

I much prefer the medieval “box notation,” because it shows the SHAPE of the melodies:

    * *  PDF Download • Gregorian Notation

Here’s an audio file:

    * *  Mp3 Audio • Rehearsal File

And here’s an organ accompaniment:

    * *  PDF Download • Nova Organi Harmonia


Visit Goupil Chant for all the rest of the Propers.