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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 sun’s disc did not remain immobile. This was not the sparkling of a heavenly body, for it spun round on itself in a mad whirl, when suddenly a clamor was heard from all the people. The sun, whirling, seemed to loosen itself from the firmament and advance threateningly upon the earth as if to crush us with its huge fiery weight. The sensation during those moments was terrible.”
— Dr. Almeida Garrett, professor of natural sciences at the University of Coimbra (1917)

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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!