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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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“I grew up listening to Lessons & Carols from Cambridge and that was Advent-Christmas for me. Then I moved to Rome and discovered Rorate Masses, the Novena of the Immaculate Conception with the Tota Pulchra, the Christmas Novena, the O Antiphons, the Aspiciens, the Rorate Coeli, the Alma Redemptoris Mater: that's Advent for me now. I am glad to see seminarians all over the United States doing Lessons & Carols, but are they learning our ancient Roman traditions alongside a 20th-century Anglican one?”
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Polyphony (3 voices) by Morales with Hymn (2 voices) for the Holy Trinity
published 28 May 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

716 Most Holy Trinity AVING A CHORAL piece that’s appropriate during any time of the liturgical year is quite a useful thing. The following musical score is for the Most Holy Trinity—and would work well on Trinity Sunday—but need not be limited to that Sunday alone:

    * *  POLYPHONY & HYMN Holy Trinity

The polyphonic refrain—for 3 voices—is based on a work by Cristóbal de Morales (†1553). The hymn text is from the 13th century, with an English translation by Alan G. McDougall (†1965). The melody for the hymn is called ELY.

Rehearsal videos provided below.

Your organist should download the accompaniment for the verses.

Initially, I was worried about mixing a cappella polyphony with a hymn accompanied by organ. However, this has worked nicely at our parish. I’ve come to enjoy the contrast:

EQUAL VOICES : YouTube   •   Audio Mp3

TOP VOICE : YouTube   •   Audio Mp3

MIDDLE VOICE : YouTube   •   Audio Mp3

LOWEST VOICE : YouTube   •   Audio Mp3