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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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“There are no hymns, in this sense, till the fourth century; they were not admitted to the Roman office till the twelfth. No Eastern rite to this day knows this kind of hymn. Indeed, in our Roman rite we still have the archaic offices of the last days of Holy Week and of the Easter octave, which—just because they are archaic—have no hymns.”
— Adrian Fortescue (25 March 1916)

PDF Download • “Agnus Dei” … for Lent
published 28 January 2018 by Jeff Ostrowski

Are you searching for a brief a cappella AGNUS DEI for Lent?

REHEARSAL VIDEOS for each individual voice and PDF score await you at #90719.

IRREPRESSIBLE SADNESS fills my soul when I recall many readers won’t click the link (90719):

…where you’ll find the PDF score.

…where you’ll find rehearsal videos for each individual voice.

But many will not click on that link.

I wish they would—but they won’t.

Some will notice that Giovanni Gabrieli has the Tenor and Bass (an “outer voice”) approach a perfect consonance in similar motion—breaking a cardinal rule of counterpoint. It’s difficult to understand why he made that choice; but I doubt it was done without consideration. 1

Listen to Alto and Quintus alone:

    * *  Mp3 • Counterpoint between two voices only

Captivating, no?


1   Those who write about such things point out that when more voices are added, one can be less strict about such rules.