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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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Using the shoddiest, sleaziest material we have for the purpose of glorifying God is not very sound theology or even very good common sense. […] (In general, when you see a diminished seventh chord in a hymn, run.) And these chords are usually used in bad hymns in precisely the same order in which they occur in “Sweet Adeline.”
— Paul Hume (1956)

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Mind-Blowing SATB Canon
published 30 January 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

HEN I WAS A BOY, I saw the Olympics on television and started dancing around, telling my mother I was a world-class athlete. But I wasn’t—I was just pretending. I’ve noticed something similar with modern composers who compose “canons” but ignore all the rules. They’re free to say they’re composing canons (just as I pretended I was an Olympic athlete) but it’s nonsense.

William Croft’s canon, however, is something else entirely!

He somehow manages to weave this melody into a 4-part canon:

414 William Croft Canon


You’ll want to download the COMPLETE SCORE.

REHEARSAL VIDEOS :

SOPRANO : YouTube   •   Audio

ALTO : YouTube   •   Audio

TENOR : YouTube   •   Audio

BASS : YouTube   •   Audio

About ten years ago, my wife and I visited Cardinal Burke in his private office. At that time, he was Cardinal Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. Several members of our group started singing Croft’s canon:


The young lady conducting was a friend of my brother—who seems to know every student who ever attended Benedictine college—and she kindly provided the score.