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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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“Since the English is not meant to be sung, but only to tell people who do not understand Latin what the text means, a simple paraphrase in prose is sufficient. The versions are not always very literal. Literal translations from Latin hymns would often look odd in English. I have tried to give in a readable, generally rhythmic form the real meaning of the text.”
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)

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PDF Download • SATB “Sanctus” by Orlando de Lassus
published 7 October 2019 by Jeff Ostrowski

HERE ARE APPROXIMATELY sixty-two (62) people who sing in the parish choirs I direct, and I have found that rehearsal videos can save time during rehearsals. Very soon we will release a new (updated) website, and we have some incredible contributors lined up—they will begin blogging when the new site launches. One of them grew up singing in England, and has some amazing stories to tell about the way singers in England can sight-read polyphony. I have no idea what he would think of the concept of “rehearsal videos,” but I suppose we will find out soon enough…

We have completed part 1 of a Sanctus by Orlando de Lassus (considered by some to be the greatest composer of all time). When part 2 is finished, we’ll release that, as well.

    * *  PDF Download • Sanctus & Hosanna (Part 1 of 2)


REHEARSAL VIDEOS for each individual voice and PDF score await you at #81362.

Fun Fact: It turns out that iPad and iPhone can utilize the “search” function on a website. Just start typing something in the actual URL searchbar—e.g. try “81362”—and then something will appear upon which you can select “ON THIS PAGE.”   Using the search bar saves time!