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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)

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Professional Recording • “Salve Festa Dies”
published 21 March 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

OWARD THE END OF FEBRUARY, I promised a professional recording of this SATB Salve Festa Dies (a modern setting of the sixth-century hymn by Fortunatus). Tons of information—organ accompaniments, multiple English translations, and so forth—can be found at the original post. The piece is remarkable because the bass motion is almost entirely stepwise.

Thanks to Matthew J. Curtis, here’s what I promised (also available as an Mp3):


Scroll to the bottom for numerous practice recordings. Before you do, please view the following video, which illustrates the “hidden beauty” of 20th century harmonies:


PRACTICE VIDEOS and RECORDINGS :

SOPRANO   •   YouTube   •   Audio

ALTO   •   YouTube   •   Audio

TENOR   •   YouTube   •   Audio

BASS   •   YouTube   •   Audio