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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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Much of the beauty of the older forms was lost and the hymns did not really become classical. We have reason to hope that the present reform of the breviary will also give us back the old form of the hymns. But meanwhile it seems necessary to keep the later text. This is the one best known, it is given in all hymnbooks and is still the only authorized form. Only in one case have we printed the older text of a hymn, number 57, “Urbs Jerusalem.” The modern form of this begins: “Caelestis urbs Jerusalem.” But in this case the people who changed it in the seventeenth century did not even keep its metre; so the later version cannot be sung to the old, exceedingly beautiful tune.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)

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“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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REHEARSAL VIDEOS :

EQUAL VOICES : YouTube   •   Mp3 Audio

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ALTO : YouTube   •   Audio

TENOR : YouTube   •   Audio

BASS : YouTube   •   Audio



NOTES FROM THIS ARTICLE:

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.