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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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“More and more as we grow older, we find that the people we see most of are recent acquaintances; not (perhaps) very congenial to us, but chance has thrown them in our way. Meanwhile, the people we used to know so well—for whom we once entertained such warm feelings—are now remembered by a card at Christmas (if we can succeed in finding the address). How good we are at making friends, when we are young; how bad at keeping them! How eagerly, as we grow older, do we treasure up the friendships that are left to us, like beasts that creep together for warmth!”
— Msgr. Ronald Knox (1888-1957)

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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!