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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 spite of what it is currently called, the music of these songs is not modern: this musical style is not new, but has been played in the most profane places and surroundings (cabarets, music halls, often for more or less lascivious dances with foreign names). The people are led on to rock or swing. They all feel an urge to dance about. That sort of “body language” is certainly alien to our Western culture, unfavorable to contemplation and its origins are rather suspect. Most of the time our congregations, which already find it hard not to confuse the crochets and the quavers in a 6/8 bar, do not respect the rhythm; then one no longer feels like dancing, but with the rhythm gone to pieces, the habitual poorness of the melodic line becomes all the more noticeable.”
— Unnamed choirmaster (Northern France) circa 1986

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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