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Veronica Brandt holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering. As editor, she has produced fine publications (as well as valuable reprints) dealing with Gregorian chant, hymnody, Latin, and other subjects. These publications are distinguished on account of their tastefulness. She lives in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia, with her husband Peter and five children.
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“I still haven’t made up my mind whether I shall publish it all. Some people are so humorless, so uncharitable, and so absurdly wrong-headed, that one would probably do far better to relax and enjoy life than worry oneself to death trying to instruct or entertain a public which will only despise one’s efforts, or at least feel no gratitude for them. Most readers know nothing about canon law. Many regard it with contempt and find everything heavy going that isn’t completely lowbrow. Some are so grimly serious that they disapprove of all humor. Others come to different conclusions every time they stand up or sit down. They seize upon your publications, as a wrestler seizes upon his opponent’s hair, and use them to drag you down, while they themselves remain quite invulnerable, because their barren pates are completely bald, so there’s nothing for you to get hold of.”
— St. Thomas More to Peter Gilles, 1516

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Mode 3 Antiphon for the party season
published 14 December 2013 by Veronica Brandt

Fezziwig's Ball ILLY REASON TO LEARN LATIN #56: For creative anachronisms, such as this collection of carols translated into Latin – including Sanctus Wenceslaus rex and the XII Dies Natalis.

Of course there are many carols actually written in Latin, which are lots of fun to sing – Angelus ad Virginum, Personent hodie, Puer natus, Puer nobis nascitur, and my kids’ favourite Gaudete. You don’t really need much Latin to enjoy these. But to take a mundane, secular ditty and do it over in an ancient tongue is a good party trick.

For further fun with Latin, Laura Gibbs has a collection of renderings of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. She collects all sorts of handy bits for Latinists, well worth a look.

Now Eyolf Østrem has gone one step further with this setting of Reno erat Rudolphus:

Happy getting-ready-for-Christmas-tide!