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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 Vatican Gradual cheered our hearts by restoring the authentic form of the hymns therein. But there are very few hymns in the Gradual. We looked forward to the continuation of the same work, where it was so much more needed, in the Vesperal, and then in the new Breviary. Alas, the movement, for the present, has stopped. The new Vesperal and then the Breviary contain Urban VIII’s versions. So at present we have the odd situation that in the Gradual the old form of the hymns is restored; but when the same hymn (for instance “Vexilia regis”) comes again in the Vesperal, we must sing the seventeenth-century mangling.
— Adrian Fortescue (25 March 1916)

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Cristóbal de Morales Missa “Ut Re Mi Fa Sol La.”
published 12 January 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

465 Morales HOIRMASTERS ARE ALWAYS in need of exquisite music that can be sung well by amateur choirs. Therefore, you’ll want to immediately download this “Sanctus” by Cristóbal de Morales (†1553), one of the greatest composers of the Renaissance.

In an emergency—when your skilled singers are absent—you can always sing the whole thing in plainsong (see below). The Solfège has been added to assist during rehearsal:

      * *  PDF Download: Polyphonic “Hosanna”

      * *  PDF Download: Plainsong


What does it sound like? Here’s the polyphony sung by Matthew J. Curtis:

      * *  Mp3 Download: Equal Voices (Curtis)


To help your choir learn, practice videos & audio files are available:

Practice Video: SOPRANO   •   Mp3 Practice File: SOPRANO

Practice Video: ALTO   •   Mp3 Practice Audio: ALTO

Practice Video: TENOR   •   Mp3 Practice Audio: TENOR

Practice Video: BASS   •   Mp3 Practice Audio: BASS


(If your singers don’t know Mass XVII, send them here.)