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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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Certainly, the Second Vatican Council wished to promote greater active participation [and] fine initiatives were taken along these lines. However we cannot close our eyes to the disaster, the devastation and the schism that the modern promoters of a living liturgy caused by remodeling the Church’s liturgy according to their ideas. They forgot that the liturgical act is not just a PRAYER, but also and above all a MYSTERY in which something is accomplished for us that we cannot fully understand but that we must accept and receive in faith, love, obedience and adoring silence.
— Pope Francis' Chief Liturgist (31 March 2017)

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:


SOPRANO   •   YouTube   •   Audio

ALTO   •   YouTube   •   Audio

TENOR   •   YouTube   •   Audio

BASS   •   YouTube   •   Audio