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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 soul is distracted from that which is sung by a chant that is employed for the purpose of giving pleasure. But if the singer chant for the sake of devotion, he pays more attention to what he says, both because he lingers more thereon, and because, as Augustine remarks (Confess. x, 33), “each affection of our spirit, according to its variety, has its own appropriate measure in the voice, and singing, by some hidden correspondence wherewith it is stirred.” The same applies to the hearers, for even if some of them understand not what is sung, yet they understand why it is sung, namely, for God's glory: and this is enough to arouse their devotion.
— St. Thomas Aquinas

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Rehearsal Videos • Kyrie “Beata Mater”
published 5 January 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

VER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, I will be posting rehearsal videos for various movements from a powerful Mass setting by the mighty Francisco Guerrero, who died in 1599AD. I begin with the “Christe”—that is, the second part—from the MISSA BEATA MATER. This middle movement actually sounds gorgeous all by itself, and if you go down that path, I recommend the Gregorian Kyrie from Mass IV (start on B) for invocations 1-3 and 7-9.

Scroll to the page bottom and you’ll find the rehearsal videos.

    * *  PDF Download • KYRIE (“Part B”)

The entire Mass is based on an ancient chant:

Beata Mater et innupta Virgo,
gloriosa regina mundi,
intercede pro nobis ad Dominum.
Blessed Mother and unwed Virgin,
Glorious queen of the world,
Intercede for us with the Lord.

The word “innupta” does indeed mean “unmarried,” but in other versions you find “intacta.” In both cases, the sense is “unconsummated.” Saint Joseph was married to our Lady, but the marriage was not consummated, so her virginity remained “intact.” Here’s how the chant looks in an ancient manuscript:

884 innupta


REHEARSAL VIDEOS :

EQUAL VOICES : YouTube   •   Mp3 Audio

SOPRANO : YouTube   •   Audio

ALTO : YouTube   •   Audio

TENOR : YouTube   •   Audio

BASS : YouTube   •   Audio