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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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“In all this mediaeval religious poetry there is much that we could not use now. Many of the hymns are quite bad, many are frigid compositions containing futile tricks, puns, misinterpreted quotations of Scripture, and twisted concepts, whose only point is their twist. But there is an amazing amount of beautiful poetry that we could still use. If we are to have vernacular hymns at all, why do we not have translations of the old ones?”
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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Rehearsal Videos • Masterpiece w/ Cantus Firmus
published 9 June 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

URING A DISCUSSION at the Sacred Music Symposium, we spoke about the importance of “layered” pieces for volunteer choirs. I hope you will go here and download the 128-page musical book, because page 70 is devoted entirely to the concept of layered pieces. Moreover, I hope you will visit this page and find #3473, because otherwise the following piece will confuse you. It can replace verse 3, and that’s why I’ve called it “Verse 3b.” It uses that same beautiful Gregorian hymn for the CANTUS FIRMUS in a spectacular way. (I really do hope you’ll investigate #3473 !!!)

Can you tell which voice is not mine? 1

    * *  PDF Download • Verse 3b from HYMN TO THE SACRED TRINITY


REHEARSAL VIDEOS :

EQUAL VOICES : YouTube   •   Mp3 Audio

SOPRANO : YouTube   •   Audio

CANTUS FIRMUS : YouTube   •   Audio

ALTO : YouTube   •   Audio

TENOR : YouTube   •   Audio

BASS : YouTube   •   Audio



NOTES FROM THIS ARTICLE:

1   I used a professional singer for one of the voice parts.