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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 choir shall henceforth sing or say no anthems of our Lady or other Saints, but only of our Lord, and then not in Latin; but choosing out the best and most sounding to Christian religion they shall turn the same into English, setting thereunto a plain and distinct note for every syllable one: they shall sing them and none other.”
— 1548 Edict of King Edward VI (a heretic) for Lincoln Cathedral

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How Do You Mark Starting Pitches?
published 16 May 2019 by Jeff Ostrowski

ESTERDAY, the FSSP parish in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles had a visit from the newly-elected Superior General: Very Rev’d Father Andrzej Komorowski. One of the choirs sang a Solemn Mass, but the feast is one I hadn’t sung before:

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It was necessary to “assemble” some Propers—notice how I mark starting pitches:

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You might ask: “Why not just write the name of the note?” The simple answer is: that can easily have typos—and starting on the wrong pitch is not cool. That’s why I quickly use the NOH website to show starting pitches. Mr. Warren Hart sent me a fascinating excerpt from a 1940s book which marks the starting pitches in a noteworthy way. Don’t forget to read what Dr. Karl Weinmann said Re: starting pitches in the PREFACE to his fabulous five-line edition of the Graduale.

Finally, here are pictures from last night: