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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 lives with his wife and two children.
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“More and more as we grow older, we find that the people we see most of are recent acquaintances; not (perhaps) very congenial to us, but chance has thrown them in our way. Meanwhile, the people we used to know so well—for whom we once entertained such warm feelings—are now remembered by a card at Christmas (if we can succeed in finding the address). How good we are at making friends, when we are young; how bad at keeping them! How eagerly, as we grow older, do we treasure up the friendships that are left to us, like beasts that creep together for warmth!”
— Msgr. Ronald Knox

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Rehearsal Videos • “Jesu Dulcis Memoria”
published 3 September 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

OUR CHOIR CAN SING the following composition at any time during the liturgical year. I first sang it as a freshman in college, under Dr. James F. Daugherty. At the last minute, Daugherty shifted us into “mixed position”—he loved keeping us on our toes! Singing this piece a cappella that night made a great impression upon me, and I realized I wanted to be a choirmaster the rest of my life (not a pianist):

    * *  PDF Download • “Jesu Dulcis Memoria” (attr. VICTORIA)

    * *  PDF Download • Additional Verses to make this piece longer


Scroll to the bottom and you’ll discover wonderful REHEARSAL VIDEOS to help your choir learn.

THIS PIECE HAS BEEN attributed to a Spanish priest, Tomás Luis de Victoria (d. 1611)—perhaps the greatest composer of all time—but anyone familiar with Victoria’s style realizes that he could not have written this piece. 1 I had thought the earliest copy was from 1843, in a French collection called Recueil des morceaux de musique ancienne—literally “A collection of scraps of ancient music.” Here’s how it looked in 1843:

    * *  PDF Download • “Jesu Dulcis Memoria” from 1843

However, my friend Nancho Alvarez sent me another copy, also created toward the middle of the 19th century:


I suspect the person who created that manuscript is the true composer.

REHEARSAL VIDEOS :

EQUAL VOICES : YouTube   •   Mp3 Audio

SOPRANO : YouTube   •   Audio

ALTO : YouTube   •   Audio

TENOR : YouTube   •   Audio

BASS : YouTube   •   Audio




NOTES FROM THIS ARTICLE:

1   If Victoria did compose this piece, it must have been written toward the very end of his life, based on the style.