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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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They were not ashamed to lay their hands on Sedulius, on Prudentius, on St. Ambrose himself. Only in one or two cases does some sense of shame seem to have stopped their nefarious work. They left “Ave maris stella,” “Jam lucis orto sidere,” and St. Thomas Aquinas’s hymns alone (they would have made pretty work of “Sacris solemniis”). In 1629 their mangled remnants were published.
— Rev’d Adrian Knottesford Fortescue (25 March 1916)

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PDF Download • “Christmas Carol” by Peter Lejeune
published 2 October 2018 by Jeff Ostrowski

HAVE BEEN GUILTY of emphasizing the texts in the St. Jean de Brébeuf Hymnal—scheduled to be released in a few weeks—and neglecting to mention the hymn melodies. The tunes we chose are fresh, gorgeous, and simple enough for congregations. We also accepted original hymn tunes by excellent composers, and you’ll be astonished when you hear what they came up with. Peter Lejeune had several of his melodies accepted for publication in the Brébeuf hymnal, and I obtained permission to add English words to a Christmas arrangement he did for a different project.

I recorded all the voices, to give you an idea how it sounds: 1


REHEARSAL VIDEOS for each individual voice and PDF score await you at #87488.


Many readers won’t click on that link—depriving themselves of the PDF score and individual tracks—which makes me feel depressed.

Will you do so?



NOTES FROM THIS ARTICLE:

1   I’m a baritone, and I always hate the sound of my soprano voice—but this is simply to demonstrate how it sounds.