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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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“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, and twisted concepts, whose only point is their twist. But there is an amazing amount of beautiful poetry that we could still use. If we are to have vernacular hymns at all, why do we not have translations of the old ones?”
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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“Hymn To The Blessed Virgin Mary” • Caswall & Parry
published 4 April 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

INGING HYMNS IN HARMONY can be a marvelous way to enhance the liturgy and help your singers get used to “independent” vocal lines. However, it’s not always possible. Perhaps your choir is not ready, or you have an insufficient number of singers. Perhaps the tessitura causes problems. Sadly, I’ve heard many choirs attempting SATB when they are not ready for it.

In those circumstances, an arrangement for two voices might be the best choice, such as:

    * *  PDF Download • “Hymn to the Blessed Virgin Mary”

REHEARSAL VIDEOS :

EQUAL VOICES : YouTube   •   Mp3 Audio

FEMALE : YouTube   •   Audio

MALE : YouTube   •   Audio