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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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Essentially the Missal of St. Pius V is the Gregorian Sacramentary; that again is formed from the Gelasian book which depends on the Leonine collection. We find the prayers of our Canon in the treatise “De Sacramentis” and allusions to it in the 4th century. So our Mass goes back, without essential change, to the age when it first developed out of the oldest liturgy of all. It is still redolent of that liturgy, of the days when Caesar ruled the world and thought he could stamp out the faith of Christ, when our fathers met together before dawn and sang a hymn to Christ as to a God. The final result of our enquiry is that, in spite of unsolved problems, in spite of later changes, there is not in Christendom another rite so venerable as ours.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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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.