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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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“Urban VIII appointed four Jesuits to reform the hymns, so that they should no longer offend Renaissance ears. These four, in that faithful obedience to the Holy See which is the glory of their Society, with a patient care that one cannot help admiring, set to work to destroy every hymn in the office.”
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1916)

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“O Sanctissima” • SATB Contemporary Setting!
published 15 September 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

OU PROBABLY KNOW the famous hymn “O Sanctissima,” often sung with a melody called SICILIAN MARINERS (first published in 1792). Here’s gorgeous contemporary setting by Maria Quinn, mixed with a very simple 2-voice arrangement with organ from the Campion Hymnal. If there’s time, you can repeat the first verse after the fourth verse.

I recorded all the voices, so please excuse my screechy soprano notes:


REHEARSAL VIDEOS for each individual voice await you at #4456.
The full PDF score can be downloaded there.

We often receive emails asking how to download the PDF score, and that deeply saddens me.

I’ve tried to let people know that these scores—along with individual rehearsal tracks—can be downloaded at the Lalemant Polyphonic.

If you use Mac, press COMMAND + F and type in “4456.”

For PC users, hit CONTROL + F and type in “4456.”

If you fail to go there and download the PDF version, you might miss the 2-voice version (with organ accompaniment). And promise me you’ll sing through the Tenor line. Breathtaking, no?

I repeat: Please go there and freely download the score!