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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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Essentially the Missal of St. Pius V is the Gregorian Sacramentary; that again is formed from the Gelasian book which depends on the Leonine collection. We find the prayers of our Canon in the treatise “De Sacramentis” and allusions to it in the 4th century. So our Mass goes back, without essential change, to the age when it first developed out of the oldest liturgy of all. It is still redolent of that liturgy, of the days when Caesar ruled the world and thought he could stamp out the faith of Christ, when our fathers met together before dawn and sang a hymn to Christ as to a God. The final result of our enquiry is that, in spite of unsolved problems, in spite of later changes, there is not in Christendom another rite so venerable as ours.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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SATB “Agnus Dei” by Verdelot with Rehearsal Videos
published 17 June 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

ANY YEARS AGO, a professor of music history emerged in a state of agitation. Having just returned from a conference, she exclaimed: “I am so tired of being around these J. S. Bach specialists. All day long they argue about which type of pen Bach used to write his music. When it comes to my area—the Renaissance—we’re lucky to even know when a composer was born with any degree of certainty!”

Not much is known about the life of Philippe Verdelot, but one thing is certain: he was a master.

    * *  PDF Download • VERDELOT AGNUS DEI (SATB)

This piece opens with a 13th-century chant, then launches into polyphony:


Rehearsal videos:

SOPRANO : YouTube   •   Audio

ALTO : YouTube   •   Audio

TENOR : YouTube   •   Audio

BASS : YouTube   •   Audio

EQUAL VOICES : YouTube   •   Mp3 Audio