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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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“Church officials frequently asked Tomás Luis de Victoria for his opinion on cathedral appointments because of his fame and knowledge. He was faithful to his position as convent organist even after his professional debut as an organist, and never accepted any extra pay for being a chapelmaster. Held in great esteem, his contract allowed him frequent travel away from the convent, and he attended Palestrina's funeral (in Rome) in 1594.”
— Dr. Robert Stevenson, 1961 (mod.)

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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).



NOTES FROM THIS ARTICLE:

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