About this blogger:
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.
Connect on Facebook:
Connect on Twitter:
“Always remember: God opposes the proud.” (leaning into the microphone) “…even when they’re right!”
— Scott Hahn, speaking in Plano, TX

Accompanying Gregorian Chant: “Counter-Melody”
published 4 July 2019 by Jeff Ostrowski

VERY NIGHT at the Sacred Music Symposium, participants sing Solemn Vespers. You might guess that they would struggle with the Latin, but somehow it always works out perfectly. Sometimes the psalms are accompanied by the organ—adding wonderful variety to the ceremonies. Do you hear the haunting “counter-melody” added by the organist to several verses?

The chanting of the Psalms probably could have been done slightly faster—but we must remember that many participants were singing Vespers for the very first time!

Please email all your friends this link: