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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 soul is distracted from that which is sung by a chant that is employed for the purpose of giving pleasure. But if the singer chant for the sake of devotion, he pays more attention to what he says, both because he lingers more thereon, and because, as Augustine remarks (Confess. x, 33), “each affection of our spirit, according to its variety, has its own appropriate measure in the voice, and singing, by some hidden correspondence wherewith it is stirred.” The same applies to the hearers, for even if some of them understand not what is sung, yet they understand why it is sung, namely, for God's glory: and this is enough to arouse their devotion.
— St. Thomas Aquinas

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Rehearsal Videos • “Sanctus & Hosanna” (Guerrero)
published 23 May 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

KNOW A SECRET.  Would you like to hear? Once upon a time, Roman Catholic composers were trained from birth in a special art of musical composition. This situation produced masters whose liturgical works contain unthinkable beauty, waiting for all to enjoy. They would combine plainsong themes in supremely brilliant ways, and I have tried to indicate such places by means of red ink: 1

    * *  PDF SANCTUS & HOSANNA (“Missa Iste Sanctus”)

For years, I hoped other Catholic websites would promote the gorgeous compositions by such giants as Palestrina, Verdelot, Victoria, Guerrero, Lassus, Marenzio, and others. However, very few do—although they exert tremendous energy complaining about “bad liturgy.” Therefore, I began making rehearsal videos in which I sing all the vocal parts (even the soprano notes!) to help this music live again in our churches:


REHEARSAL VIDEOS for each individual voice await you at #5454.


Many people (inexplicably) do not visit LALEMANT POLYPHONIC, where individual voice parts are located. That’s a huge mistake, because the whole point of these tracks is the individual voice tracks—and we’ve seen marvelous results from their use here in Los Angeles. By the way, those who attend Sacred Music Symposium 2017 will learn how to create these recordings.

Could anyone listen to the Tenor Rehearsal Video (at the “Hosanna” section) and not be overwhelmed by the majestic dignity and holiness of these melodies?

The Benedictus is forthcoming.



NOTES FROM THIS ARTICLE:

1   The red ink refers to the motet which serves as the basis for this parody Mass.