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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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“Since the ability of Francisco Guerrero is now abundantly known to all […] he shall henceforth act as master of the boys so long as: ( 1) he must teach them to read, write, and to sing the responsories, versicles, antiphons, lessons, and kalends, and other parts of divine service; (2) he shall teach them plainchant, harmony, and counterpoint, his instruction in counterpoint to include both the art of adding a melody to a plainsong and to an already existing piece of polyphonic music; (3) he shall always clothe them decently and properly, see that they wear good shoes, and ensure that their beds are kept perfectly clean; (4) he shall feed them the same food that he himself eats and never take money from them for anything having to do with their services in church or their musical instruction…” [cont’d]
— Málaga Cathedral Document (11 September 1551)

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“Omnes Gentes Plaudite” • Sequence For Ascension
published 13 May 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

HE ANCIENT MANUSCRIPTS are full of the most gorgeous artwork imaginable. For instance, how can these examples be outdone?


Now, check out this picture from the SEQUENCE FOR THE ASCENSION (abolished by Trent):

778 DETAIL Ascension Sequence


When you read the translation, you’ll understand why they chose that exact spot:

772 Omnes Gentes Plaudite


Courtesy of the Musica Sacra Forum, Chris McAvoy has provided the chant notation (01 02).

By the way, you can download 7,055 pages of jaw-dropping liturgical manuscripts courtesy of the Heinrich Heine museum.