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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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“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, twisted concepts, whose only point is there twist. But there is an amazing amount of beautiful poetry that we could still use.”
— Rev. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)


COMMUNIQUÉ / POLYPHONY / BULLETIN / UPDATE
FSSP.la Choir Communiqué • 2 September 2015
published 2 September 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski


1.) The music for this coming Sunday has been posted HERE.


2.) I always try to give you some idea of what you should be practicing. It seems to me that this week, you should focus on the following:

(A) The new Alleluia by Palestrina (based on UT RE MI FA SOL LA).

(B) The polyphony called “Per Lignum”

(C) The Asperges polyphony, which a few of you still struggle with.


3.) With the exception of that new Alleluia—which is extremely short, by the way—it’s been a while since we’ve learned any new pieces. It’s true that we still haven’t learned the “Per Lignum,” but that was sent to you on 23 July, so I expect we’ll be singing it soon.

Guess what? I’m almost done preparing a new piece we can learn!

It’s a short piece, but it’s very special to me. I think you’ll enjoy it. It was the piece that first made me want to devote my life to being a choirmaster, whereas until that point I had been a pianist. I’ll be sending it to you very soon.