Once, after Mass, my pastor said he really loved the hymn we did. I said: “Father, that’s Holy God, We Praise Thy Name—you never heard it before?” He replied: “But the way you did it was terrific. For once, it didn’t sound like a funeral dirge!” Last Sunday, our volunteer choir sang that hymn. I […]
Archives for January 2023
We paid to have this extremely rare book scanned professionally.
If you want to make Jeff Ostrowski really happy, send him an email with effusive praise about the individual voice recordings for hymn #296. [Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass] They came out dazzlingly sensational, don’t you agree?
Here’s a live recording of one of the choral “warm-up” exercises my choir enjoys. It was taken during our rehearsal on 27 January 2023. It’s good to make sure each chord is perfectly in tune and balanced before moving to the next one. That only happens when each singer has the correct vowel. If you […]
Don’t listen to excuses!
“Sometimes there was the possibility to be faced that a particular line of research could never be followed to a successful conclusion because the evidence was now no longer available.”
“Jeff, I wanted to personally thank you for your spiritual witness at the Symposium & often blogs that you write too. Praying that prayer in the mornings My God, my Father and my all (by Cardinal Merry Del Val), mentioning saints’ stories of Brébeuf, Jogues, John Vianney, monks who fought in WWII, their hard work […]
Those who head over to the Symposium Website will notice the tentative schedule for 2023 has been released. This is all very exciting! Very soon, we will begin accepting applications, so please make sure you have subscribed to our mailing list. If you are subscribed, that means you’ll hear announcements before anyone else. (It’s incredibly […]
We should define our terms. What makes a syllable accented, and what makes an accent a tonic accent?
The editor of the Sacred Music Magazine recently made available to the public this splendid article by our own Charles Weaver. It includes an edition of polyphony for the GOOD FRIDAY “Reproaches.” Renaissance composers often set the various offices of Holy Week; e.g. readers will probably be familiar with the beautiful TENEBRAE setting by Father […]
The truth is stranger than fiction.
Then he got really angry (because it dawned on him what he’d just admitted).
A few weeks ago, dates were announced for Sacred Music Symposium 2023. The rehearsal videos are beginning to appear! For example, the KYRIE ELEYSON contains sections by Lassus, Victoria, and Palestrina. You can see and hear Part 1 at this link. Much more information about this wonderful conference will be released soon!
A choir member alerted my wife to this video by Scott Hahn. You perhaps recognize a piece that’s been highly promoted by Corpus Christi Watershed: viz. Father Guerrero’s “Sanctus” from Missa Iste Sanctus. I would be interested to learn which choir made the recording (which heavily abbreviates the piece) and whether they used our rehearsal […]
The songs and hymns were pleasantly familiar … to the point where after twelve years I could play by heart every song in the ‘Breaking Bread’ hymnal.