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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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“From six in the evening, his martyrdom had continued through the ghastly night until nine o'clock in the morning. After fifteen hours of torture rarely if ever surpassed in the bloody annals of the Iroquois, the soul of Gabriel Lalemant was freed from its charred and mutilated prison and summoned to join his comrade Jean de Brébeuf in the radiant splendor of God. March 17th, 1649, was the date; for Brébeuf it had been the sixteenth.”
— Fr. John A. O'Brien, speaking of St. Gabriel Lalemant

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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.”