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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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“The authority of the Pope is not unlimited. It is at the service of Sacred Tradition. Still less is any kind of general ‘freedom’ of manufacture, degenerating into spontaneous improvisation, compatible with the essence of faith and liturgy. The greatness of the liturgy depends—we shall have to repeat this frequently—on its lack of spontaneity.”
— Josef Cardinal Ratzinger (2000)

PDF Download: Eucharistic Verset By Palestrina
published 27 January 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

ELOW, YOU WILL FIND a Eucharistic Polyphonic Verset adapted from a larger work by Palestrina. It’s a bit challenging, so polyphonic practice videos & audio files have been provided. The verset works very well in between verses of a Pange Lingua (Gregorian chant) taken from the Liber Cantualis of Solesmes.

      * *  PDF Download • Polyphonic Verset

      * *  Audio Recording • Polyphony Only (by Matt Curtis)

When you’re teaching your choir the chant, try this organ accompaniment. 1 I recommend having your Tenors or Sopranos only sing the chant verses.

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

Once they’ve learned their parts, have them practice against the Equal Voices audio recording (SEE ABOVE).


1   I wouldn’t use the organ accompaniment when you mix the chant with polyphony.