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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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“More and more as we grow older, we find that the people we see most of are recent acquaintances; not (perhaps) very congenial to us, but chance has thrown them in our way. Meanwhile, the people we used to know so well—for whom we once entertained such warm feelings—are now remembered by a card at Christmas (if we can succeed in finding the address). How good we are at making friends, when we are young; how bad at keeping them! How eagerly, as we grow older, do we treasure up the friendships that are left to us, like beasts that creep together for warmth!”
— Msgr. Ronald Knox (1888-1957)

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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.)