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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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“In all this mediaeval religious poetry there is much that we could not use now. Many of the hymns are quite bad, many are frigid compositions containing futile tricks, puns, misinterpreted quotations of Scripture, and twisted concepts, whose only point is their twist. But there is an amazing amount of beautiful poetry that we could still use. If we are to have vernacular hymns at all, why do we not have translations of the old ones?”
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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Stunning Hymn With 3-Voice Polypony You Will Want To Sing For Pentecost
published 11 May 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

ERE IS A BEAUTIFUL SETTING you might want your choir to sing for Pentecost. At our FSSP parish in Los Angeles, we’ve been doing something I never thought would sound good. We’ve been mixing metrical hymns (accompanied by organ) with short polyphonic refrains (a cappella). The contrast works surprisingly well.

    * *  PDF Dowload • HYMN FOR PENTECOST (with Polyphony by T. L. de Victoria)

To accompany the hymn sections, organists can use this.

By the way, in grad school, they told a story about Tomás Luis de Victoria, who may have studied with Palestrina. According to the story, Palestrina was jealous of Victoria’s first drafts—and it’s not hard to see why. In another post, I can elaborate on what we know about Renaissance composers with certainty. 1


REHEARSAL FILES

EQUAL VOICES :   YouTube   •   Mp3 Audio

WOMEN VOICE :   YouTube   •   Mp3 Audio

MIDDLE VOICE :   YouTube   •   Mp3 Audio

MEN VOICE :   YouTube   •   Mp3 Audio




NOTES FROM THIS ARTICLE:

1   Spoiler alert: it’s not much!