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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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"Upon the road, René was always occupied with God. His words and the discourses he held were all expressive of submission to the commands of Divine Providence, and showed a willing acceptance of the death which God was sending him. He gave himself to God as a sacrifice, to be reduced to ashes by the fires of the Iroquois, which that good Father's hand would kindle. He sought the means to bless Him in all things and everywhere. Covered with wounds as he himself was, Goupil dressed the wounds of other persons, of the enemies who had received some blows in the fight as well as those of the prisoners. He opened the vein for a sick Iroquois. And he did it all with as much charity as if he had done it to persons who were his best friends."
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“Chanted Angelus” • Where does it come from?
published 2 August 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

ACK in 2010, I released this lovely version of the ANGELUS in Latin—which was a favorite of my high school students—on the CMAA forum. Since that time, I’ve been astonished by the number of times it has been downloaded and recorded by people across the globe:

    * *  PDF Booklet • THE ANGELUS (Dom Charpentier, OSB)

But did Dom Charpentier, OSB, truly compose it?

The melodic pattern is quite common in the Gregorian repertoire and would have been known even in the “decadent ages” of Gregorian chant (circa 1700). However, I recently came across this ancient manuscript:

4743 Charpentier ANGELUS source


This implies that Dom Charpentier created his rendition based on an ancient model.