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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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Essentially the Missal of St. Pius V is the Gregorian Sacramentary; that again is formed from the Gelasian book which depends on the Leonine collection. We find the prayers of our Canon in the treatise “De Sacramentis” and allusions to it in the 4th century. So our Mass goes back, without essential change, to the age when it first developed out of the oldest liturgy of all. It is still redolent of that liturgy, of the days when Caesar ruled the world and thought he could stamp out the faith of Christ, when our fathers met together before dawn and sang a hymn to Christ as to a God. The final result of our enquiry is that, in spite of unsolved problems, in spite of later changes, there is not in Christendom another rite so venerable as ours.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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Simple 2-Part Canon For Men & Women
published 7 November 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

ERE’S AN INGENIOUS version by Henri Durieux of a truly splendid hymn (EISENACH). Don’t try to do everything at once. Begin by singing the entire hymn in unison, then “graduate” to the canonic treatment. Finally, work in the SATB setting.

The following rehearsal video demonstrates two (2) verses only:

    * *  PDF Download • “EISENACH” by H. Durieux

REHEARSAL VIDEOS :

EQUAL VOICES : YouTube   •   Mp3 Audio

SOPRANO : YouTube   •   Audio

ALTO : YouTube   •   Audio

TENOR : YouTube   •   Audio

BASS : YouTube   •   Audio

Organist plays from this score or the HIGHER KEY.


The issue of hymns rhyming is one we come back to again and again. The Latin version does not rhyme, and tons of Latin hymns don’t. The English version rhymes ABAB, but many versions use AABB. For the record, the New English Hymnal adopts both for this tune: 292b uses ABAB, while 425 uses AABB. Both are fine.