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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 lives with his wife and two children.
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The effectiveness of liturgy does not lie in experimenting with rites and altering them over and over, nor in a continuous reductionism, but solely in entering more deeply into the word of God and the mystery being celebrated. It is the presence of these two that authenticates the Church's rites, not what some priest decides, indulging his own preferences.
— Liturgicae Instaurationes (1970)

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SATB “Agnus Dei” after Fr. Gregorio Allegri (d. 1652)
published 13 July 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

ORE THAN FIFTEEN YEARS AGO, while directing a small church choir, I adapted some chords from the MISERERE MEI falsobordone of Fr. Allegri, a Catholic priest who studied with Giovanni Bernardino Nanino. 1 This little adaptation has met with tremendous success over the years. Indeed, I’ve been astonished to find xerox copies in the most unexpected places!

The score, for anyone who wants it:

    * *  AGNUS DEI adapted from Rev’d Gregorio Allegri (d. 1652)

Rehearsal videos, to assist volunteer choirs:


REHEARSAL VIDEOS :

EQUAL VOICES : YouTube   •   Mp3 Audio

SOPRANO : YouTube   •   Audio

ALTO : YouTube   •   Audio

TENOR : YouTube   •   Audio

BASS : YouTube   •   Audio


Were I to create such an adaptation today, I would probably do things differently—but I suppose that’s always how it goes, right?



NOTES FROM THIS ARTICLE:

1   He was the brother of Giovanni Maria Nanino, one of my favorite composers.