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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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When you consider that the greatest hymns ever written—the plainchant hymns—are pushing the age of eight hundred and that the noble chorale hymn tunes of Bach date from the early eighteenth century, then what is the significance of the word “old” applied to “Mother at Thy Feet Is Kneeling”? Most of the old St. Basil hymns date from the Victorian era, particularly the 1870s and 1880s.
— Paul Hume (1956)

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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)