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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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A second class of tunes—which can also be said with certainty to fall under the profane—are those which are written in the style of secular songs and which, if heard without the words, would be recognized only as such. In these, as a rule, the devotional gives way to the sentimental, cheerfulness to levity and oftentimes vulgarity, while not even an attempt is made to give a serious or dignified musical expression to the sentiments embodied in the words of the hymn. Not the least objectionable feature of some of these tunes is a jingling piano accompaniment quite unsuited to the church organ.
— Preface to a Roman Catholic Hymnal (1896)

Brébeuf Hymn #156 • “Christe Redemptor”
published 20 July 2019 by Jeff Ostrowski

T WILL BE NECESSARY to speak tons more about the idea of common melodies. In a nutshell, it means that the Brébeuf Hymnal allows you to get through the entire liturgical year even if your parish knows very few hymn melodies! Then, of course, you can add more tunes with each passing year. Consider the following English translation by Fr. John Fitzpatrick of Christe Redemptor Omnium—which has the same name as a Christmas hymn, but is actually a hymn for All Saints. (Just to confuse everyone, in 1631AD, its title was changed to “Placare Christe Servulis.”)

The text is used with many melodies in the Brébeuf Hymnal, and here’s one of them—with Soprano line recorded yesterday by a young lady in the 8th grade:

You can hear the individual tracks if you visit the Brébeuf website and scroll to #156.

For the record, that melody (“Erschienen Ist”) has become one our congregation in Los Angeles loves to sing. In the Brébeuf Hymnal, that melody is used for several different texts.

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