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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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“Sacred music, being a complementary part of the solemn liturgy, participates in the general scope of the liturgy, which is the glory of God and the sanctification and edification of the faithful. It contributes to the decorum and the splendor of the ecclesiastical ceremonies, and since its principal office is to clothe with suitable melody the liturgical text proposed for the understanding of the faithful, its proper aim is to add greater efficacy to the text, in order that through it the faithful may be the more easily moved to devotion and better disposed for the reception of the fruits of grace belonging to the celebration of the most holy mysteries.”
— Pope Saint Pius X

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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)