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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 representative Protestant collection, entitled “Hymns, Ancient and Modern”—in substance a compromise between the various sections of conflicting religious thought in the Establishment—is a typical instance. That collection is indebted to Catholic writers for a large fractional part of its contents. If the hymns be estimated which are taken from Catholic sources, directly or imitatively, the greater and more valuable part of its contents owes its origin to the Church.
— Orby Shipley (1884)

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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