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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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“It was a riveting adventure to move by degrees into the mysterious world of the Liturgy which was being enacted before us and for us there on the altar. It was becoming more and more clear to me that here I was encountering a reality that no one had simply thought up, a reality that no official authority or great individual had created. […] Not everything was logical. Things sometimes got complicated and it was not always easy to find one’s way. But precisely this is what made the whole edifice wonderful, like one’s own home.”
— Josef Cardinal Ratzinger (“Milestones” pp. 19-20) 1997

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.