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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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“To treat harmony and rhythm in this matter was a difficult matter. Facing numerous problems both large and small—that arose constantly—we understood that a flawless harmonization of Gregorian chant cannot be created by improvisation, no matter the competence and ability of the organist or harmonist.”
— Mons. Jules Van Nuffel, NOH Preface

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“Ave Maris Stella” • Take II
published 5 March 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

707 “Ave Maris Stella” (SATB) AVE YOU ever changed your mind about how fast a piece should go? Back in July, I made videos for Lhoumeau’s “Ave Maris Stella,” but later began to feel the tempo might be too slow. Moreover, I neglected to add Solfège and only recorded one verse (which I thought would be sufficient, but proved not to be).

Today, I produced a Solfège score, and—with help from a generous Soprano—created rehearsal videos in a faster tempo:

EQUAL VOICES : YouTube   •   Mp3 Audio

SOPRANO : YouTube   •   Audio

ALTO : YouTube   •   Audio

TENOR : YouTube   •   Audio

BASS : YouTube   •   Audio

…but now the tempo almost feels too fast!

The “equal voices” version now has all the verses, and if you download the medieval versions you’ll understand why the plainsong version differs from Abbot Pothier’s Vatican Edition:

704 “Ave Maris Stella” (SATB)