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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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“The choir shall henceforth sing or say no anthems of our Lady or other Saints, but only of our Lord, and then not in Latin; but choosing out the best and most sounding to Christian religion they shall turn the same into English, setting thereunto a plain and distinct note for every syllable one: they shall sing them and none other.”
— 1548 Edict of King Edward VI (a heretic) for Lincoln Cathedral

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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.