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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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“The Church has always kept, and wishes still to maintain everywhere, the language of her Liturgy; and, before the sad and violent changes of the 16th century, this eloquent and effective symbol of unity of faith and communion of the faithful was, as you know, cherished in England not less than elsewhere. But this has never been regarded by the Holy See as incompatible with the use of popular hymns in the language of each country.”
— Pope Leo XIII (1898)

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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.