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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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“In spite of what it is currently called, the music of these songs is not modem: this musical style is not new, but has been played in the most profane places and surroundings (cabarets, music halls, often for more or less lascivious dances with foreign names). The people are led on to rock or swing. They all feel an urge to dance about. That sort of “body language” is certainly alien to our Western culture, unfavorable to contemplation and its origins are rather suspect. Most of the time our congregations, which already find it hard not to confuse the crochets and the quavers in a 6/8 bar, do not respect the rhythm; then one no longer feels like dancing, but with the rhythm gone to pieces, the habitual poorness of the melodic line becomes all the more noticeable.”
— Unnamed choirmaster (Northern France) circa 1986

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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.