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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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"As the subject of the language of worship was discussed in the Council hall over the course of several days, I followed the process with great attention, as well as later the various wordings of the Liturgy Constitution until the final vote. I still remember very well how after several radical proposals a Sicilian bishop rose and implored the fathers to allow caution and reason to reign on this point, because otherwise there would be the danger that the entire Mass might be held in the language of the people — whereupon the entire hall burst into uproarious laughter."
— Alfons Cardinal Stickler (1997)

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Free PDF • Polyphonic Gloria With Practice Videos
published 25 March 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

120 Gloria Caesare de Zachariis UR SOCIETY NO LONGER has the musical sensitivity it once did. Things that Catholics in the Middle Ages would hear as contrasting we consider monotonous. Things Renaissance Catholics would respond to—such as the change from four voices to three—we consider mundane. It’s similar to when I listen to great pianists: there’s a world of difference between an exciting interpreter like Josef Hofmann and a boring one like Claudio Arrau, yet those who haven’t spent decades imbibing pianism probably couldn’t tell the difference.

Here’s an SATB setting of the GLORIA. The nice contrasts make it easy on modern ears:

    * *  PDF • GLORIA w/ Chant & Polyphony

Practice videos are provided below to assist your choir members. Remember: these are practice videos. Their only purpose is to help volunteer choirs learn pitches & rhythms.

TRAINING VIDEOS and AUDIO FILES :

SOPRANO   •   YouTube   •   Mp3 Audio

ALTO   •   YouTube   •   Mp3 Audio

TENOR   •   YouTube   •   Mp3 Audio

BASS   •   YouTube   •   Mp3 Audio


I hope your choir has fun singing this piece…our choir certainly does!