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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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A lot of the favoured new settings are musically illiterate, almost is if they were written by semi-trained teenagers, getting to grips with musical rudiments. The style is stodgy and sentimental, tonally and rhythmically stilted, melodically inane and adored by Catholic clergy “of a certain age.” Some Catholic dioceses run courses for wannabe composers to perpetuate this style. It is a scandal. People with hardly any training and experience of even the basic building blocks of music have been convinced that there is a place for their puerile stumblings and fumblings in the modern Catholic Church because real musicians are elitist and off-putting.
— James MacMillan (20 November 2013)

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Joan Brudieu • Simple Kyrie (Revised)
published 24 September 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

252 Hans Memling HIS KYRIE IS quite brief, simple to teach, can easily involve the congregation in a meaningful way (without taxing their abilities), contains beautiful polyphonic lines, and fits on just one page! It’s based on a composition by composer Joan Brudieu, who died in 1591AD. 1

    * *  PDF Download • Brudieu KYRIE

EQUAL VOICES :   Mp3 Audio

SOPRANO :   Audio

ALTO :   Audio

TENOR :   Audio

BASS :   Audio


The cantor can sing the chant, the entire congregation can repeat it, then the choir alone can sing the polyphonic section. This is repeated for the “Christe” and the final “Kyrie.”



NOTES FROM THIS ARTICLE:

1   For some reason, tons of fantastic composers died in the 1590s.