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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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A lot of the favoured new settings are musically illiterate, almost is if they were written by semi-trained teenagers, getting to grips with musical rudiments. The style is stodgy and sentimental, tonally and rhythmically stilted, melodically inane and adored by Catholic clergy “of a certain age.” Some Catholic dioceses run courses for wannabe composers to perpetuate this style. It is a scandal. People with hardly any training and experience of even the basic building blocks of music have been convinced that there is a place for their puerile stumblings and fumblings in the modern Catholic Church because real musicians are elitist and off-putting.
— James MacMillan (20 November 2013)

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