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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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“The pope regrets that this trade in African slaves, that he believed having ceased, is still exercised in some regions and even more cruel way. He begs and begs the King of Portugal that it implement all its authority and wisdom to extirpate this unholy and abominable shame.”
— Pope Pius VII, writing to the King of Portugal

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Dazzling Canon • “Adoremus in Aeternum”
published 23 April 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

OPE SAINT JOHN PAUL II wrote famously on 22 November 2003: “Regarding liturgical music, I make my own the rule of Saint Pius X: The more closely a composition for church approaches in its movement, inspiration, and savor the Gregorian melodic form, the more sacred and liturgical it becomes; and the more out of harmony it is with that supreme model, the less worthy it is of the temple.”

A perfect example is the following contrafactum, in which Guerrero brilliantly transforms a Gregorian melody (“Beata Mater”) into a canon between Soprano and Alto:

    * *  PDF Download • “Adorémus in Aetérnum” (Guerrero)

REHEARSAL VIDEOS :

EQUAL VOICES : YouTube   •   Mp3 Audio

SOPRANO : YouTube   •   Audio

ALTO : YouTube   •   Audio

TENOR : YouTube   •   Audio

BASS : YouTube   •   Audio


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