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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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“If I could only make the faithful sing the Kyrie, the Gloria, the Credo, the Sanctus, and the Agnus Dei…that would be to me the finest triumph sacred music could have, for it is in really taking part in the liturgy that the faithful will preserve their devotion. I would take the Tantum Ergo, the Te Deum, and the Litanies sung by the people over any piece of polyphony.”
— Giuseppe Cardinal Sarto, Letter to Msgr. Callegari (1897)

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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