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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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“Oh, the happy choir director who is hired to start work on a brand new choir, or who walks into his first rehearsal a total stranger to the existing group—what a fortunate man he is! The new choir director who is a former member of the choir, or a member of the congregation, or the nephew of the alto soloist, or a former altar boy, or otherwise well acquainted with the choir, is in for a few headaches.”
— Paul Hume (1956)

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Can You Hear The Purple In This Kyrie?
published 19 January 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

HEN I TOLD the choir in Los Angeles we’d be learning a sensational Mass by Guerrero, I promised that each successive movement would astound them. They loved the first section of the KYRIE. Today’s release (as I promised) is even more powerful. In such a brief piece, Guerrero employs numerous points of imitation.

Guerrero even uses STRETTO, which I colored purple. Do you see the purple notes? Do you hear the stretto?

    * *  PDF Download • KYRIE “Part C” (Guerrero)


REHEARSAL VIDEOS :

EQUAL VOICES : YouTube   •   Mp3 Audio

SOPRANO : YouTube   •   Audio

ALTO : YouTube   •   Audio

TENOR : YouTube   •   Audio

BASS : YouTube   •   Audio

839 pledge PEAKING OF THE FSSP CHOIR in Los Angeles, our parish has existed for about a year now. We are trying to build a Church completely dedicated to the Extraordinary Form: EF Masses, EF Confirmations, EF Baptisms, EF Weddings, and so on. Archbishop Gomez invited us, and fully supports our efforts. If we can raise $65,000 by February 11th, a generous donor will give an additional $65,000. Do you know someone who can help? 1

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NOTES FROM THIS ARTICLE:

1   We have already raised a significant amount, but require more—churches are expensive!