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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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“It would be a grave error to imagine that the principle orientation of the sacrificial action is towards the community. If the priest celebrates «VERSUS POPULUM», which is legitimate and often advisable, his spiritual attitude ought always to be «VERSUS DEUM PER JESUM CHRISTUM», as representative of the entire Church.”
— Official Vatican Statement (25 September 2000)

“Hail, Holy Queen Enthroned Above” • Nine Organ Accompaniments
published 30 March 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

HAT IS IT ABOUT DESCANTS that we love so very much? I believe I know the answer. Our minds already know the tune—and love it—but the added embellishment is refreshing and awesome. I believe this is the same reason we love polyphony so much, with its heavy use of imitation and canons.

Here’s a Descant Setting by Jacques de Nouë, taken from a Canadian collection: 1

    * *  PDF Download • “Hail, Holy Queen Enthroned Above” w/ Descant

I recorded the voice parts, to demonstrate how it sounds. The descant begins at the 0:46 marker:

Below are several other organ harmonizations for “Hail, Holy Queen Enthroned Above” you might find useful:

    * *  PDF Download • Campion Hymnal (organist)

    * *  PDF Download • New Saint Basil (1958)

    * *  PDF Download • Fr. Carlo Rossini (Latin)

    * *  PDF Download • Pius X Hymnal (1953)

    * *  PDF Download • Fr. Carlo Rossini (1936)

    * *  PDF Download • Standard Catholic Hymnal (1921)

    * *  PDF Download • Lawrence Gagnier (1962)

    * *  PDF Download • J. Vincent Higginson Hymnal (1955)

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1   This small collection lacks a date of publication, but most likely appeared circa 1945. Many music journals & scores published in the war years lack such information. I have never been able to ascertain, for example, when the NOH first appeared.