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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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“In spite of what it is currently called, the music of these songs is not modern: this musical style is not new, but has been played in the most profane places and surroundings (cabarets, music halls, often for more or less lascivious dances with foreign names). The people are led on to rock or swing. They all feel an urge to dance about. That sort of “body language” is certainly alien to our Western culture, unfavorable to contemplation and its origins are rather suspect. Most of the time our congregations, which already find it hard not to confuse the crochets and the quavers in a 6/8 bar, do not respect the rhythm; then one no longer feels like dancing, but with the rhythm gone to pieces, the habitual poorness of the melodic line becomes all the more noticeable.”
— Unnamed choirmaster (Northern France) circa 1986

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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.