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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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“One would be straying from the straight path were he to wish the altar restored to its primitive table form; were he to want black excluded as a color for the liturgical vestments; were he to forbid the use of sacred images and statues in Churches; were he to order the crucifix so designed that the divine Redeemer's body shows no trace of His cruel sufferings; and lastly were he to disdain and reject polyphonic music or singing in parts, even where it conforms to regulations issued by the Holy See.”
— Ven. Pope Pius XII (20 November 1947)

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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!