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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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When you consider that the greatest hymns ever written—the plainchant hymns—are pushing the age of eight hundred and that the noble chorale hymn tunes of Bach date from the early eighteenth century, then what is the significance of the word “old” applied to “Mother at Thy Feet Is Kneeling”? Most of the old St. Basil hymns date from the Victorian era, particularly the 1870s and 1880s.
— Paul Hume (1956)

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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