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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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“One would be straying from the straight path were he to wish the altar restored to its primitive table form; were he to want black excluded as a color for the liturgical vestments; were he to forbid the use of sacred images and statues in Churches; were he to order the crucifix so designed that the divine Redeemer's body shows no trace of His cruel sufferings; and lastly were he to disdain and reject polyphonic music or singing in parts, even where it conforms to regulations issued by the Holy See.”
— Ven. Pope Pius XII (20 November 1947)

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PDF Download • “Sanctus” (SATB) by JS Bach!
published 15 October 2018 by Jeff Ostrowski

HE GREAT HONOR of life has been helping to prepare the Brébeuf Hymnal, which will be available for purchase in a few weeks. The melodies in this book are absolutely gorgeous, but usually “simple”—that is, easy for congregations to sing. Whenever possible, I pushed for melodies written or adapted by Johann Sebastian Bach (although some were too ornate), whose music I listen to every day.

One melody used several times in the Brébeuf comes from this magnificent Bach fugue. I recorded all the voices—pardon my screechy soprano notes!—but imagine how majestic it would sound with a real choir:


REHEARSAL VIDEOS for each individual voice and PDF score await you at #87349 .


Many readers won’t click on that link, which demoralizes me.

The whole point of these videos is the individual rehearsal videos—but most people only click on the “equal voices” version for some reason.