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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 six children.
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Tournemire could be charming or he could bite your head off. One day I could not replace him at St. Clotilde because I had a wedding to play at another church. Tournemire played on Sunday, period—that was all. He did not play weddings and so forth. (He put all that on my back.) So I went to Tournemire’s house to tell him, “Master, I am sorry but, for once, I cannot replace you. I have another obligation to fulfill.” He said, “Get out of here!” I left for good.
— Testimony of Maurice Duruflé

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Setting propers to psalm tones with gregorio
published 10 June 2013 by Veronica Brandt


OW TO get started typing up chant? It all depends what you want to type. Here is a video showing how easy it is to arrange the propers to psalm tones for the 4th Sunday after Pentecost.

The links required are:

From Benjamin Bloomfield’s Blog comes this quote from the Liber Brevior:

These abridged chants are intended exclusively for churches where it is not possible to properly execute all the melodies of the Roman Gradual and for which a simple melody of the Sacred Texts is tolerated (S. C. R. N° 3697). Where there are Choirs sufficiently trained, the official Chant of the Gradual must be kept.

I had a little technical difficulty with the video software so the picture tends to lag behind the sound, but with a bit of patience I hope it helps explain how to use the Propers Tool. And thanks to Jeff Ostrowski for the great idea to make the video while holding a baby!


Illustration from the Breviary of John the Fearless. Paris, 1413-1419. Harley 2897, f.33v from the British Library.