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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 “Nova Organi Harmonia” demanded from each of us an unusual commitment; we have dedicated to it the best of our energies. Would it be, therefore, presumptuous on our part to be satisfied with the result and to expect its welcome reception in the musical world?
— Msgr. Jules Van Nuffel (circa 1940)

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Chosen Your Easter Alleluia Yet?
published 26 January 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

HE CHOIR HERE in Los Angeles usually sings the Gradual to a mode VIII psalm tone, mixing it with a polyphonic “Alleluia.” Below is a sumptuous setting by Francisco Guerrero (d. 1599), a marvelous composer who lived a very interesting life:

    * *  PDF Download • “ALLELUIA” for the Blessed Virgin (Guerrero)


When Guerrero was alive, the Gradual & Alleluia may have been sung in plainsong, but I suspect many Cathedrals also employed falsobordone, as they did for breviary psalm verses. The Alleluia in that video originally had a different text. 1

REHEARSAL VIDEOS :

EQUAL VOICES : YouTube   •   Mp3 Audio

SOPRANO : YouTube   •   Audio

ALTO : YouTube   •   Audio

TENOR : YouTube   •   Audio

BASS : YouTube   •   Audio



NOTES FROM THIS ARTICLE:

1   When the text is changed, it’s called “contrafactum.”