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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 main place should be given, all things being equal, to gregorian chant, as being proper to the roman Liturgy. Other kinds of sacred music, in particular polyphony, are in no way excluded, provided that they correspond to the spirit of the liturgical action and that they foster the participation of all the faithful.”
— 2011 GIRM, §41 (Roman Missal, 3rd Edition)

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Can You Hear The Difference?
published 24 August 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

178 Krakow T HAS BEEN and continues to be my belief that mixing “real voices” for the Watershed rehearsal videos sounds better than having just my voice singing all the parts.

The following videos allow for an “Apples to Apples” comparison:

   *  Version A • Jeff’s Voice Only

   *  Version B • “Real” Voices (Men & Women)

Do you agree Version B sounds a lot nicer? Please let me know your thoughts in the Watershed combox on Facebook. 1

A true choral sound—which is what composers usually had in mind—requires a minimum of three (3) voices per part. That means the minimum number of voices for SATB is twelve singers. We cannot manage something like that for these rehearsal videos…but maybe some day! Father Carlo Rossini probably had a point when he demanded five singers on each part. Even the world’s greatest four (4) singers singing SATB cannot replace a choir sound.



NOTES FROM THIS ARTICLE:

1   While I do not have personal a Facebook account, pertinent comments are forwarded to me by a CCW volunteer.