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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)


COMMUNIQUÉ / POLYPHONY / BULLETIN / UPDATE
FSSP.la Choir Communiqué • 8 January 2015
published 8 January 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski


Number 1

The musical resources for this coming Sunday, 11 January (Holy Family) are HERE.


Number 2

We have agreed to meet at 6:00pm on Sunday. We must remember to each take a Grey Hymnal, since we will sing the ENTRANCE hymn and EXIT hymn from this Grey Hymnal.


Number 3

Needless to say, it would be wonderful if we all could learn 100% of the music for this Sunday. However, there is a priority. More than anything else, please practice the piece by Lhoumeau. After that, please practice the Victoria Agnus Dei. After that, please practice the Gradual & Alleluia.

The secret phrase is: «LHOUMEAU first, THEN Victoria, THEN Gradual & Alleluia»


Number 4

You will notice the Victoria practice files are not posted on the website. That’s because these are private files not to be shared. They have been emailed to you.


Number 5

On that website, you’ll find “Robot” files to practice the Lhoumeau.

I’ve also emailed you Voice Files for the Lhoumeau which are not to be shared.

Can you please tell me which files you like better? Can you please tell me which ones help you more? Thank you!!!