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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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“Since the ability of Francisco Guerrero is now abundantly known to all […] he shall henceforth act as master of the boys so long as: ( 1) he must teach them to read, write, and to sing the responsories, versicles, antiphons, lessons, and kalends, and other parts of divine service; (2) he shall teach them plainchant, harmony, and counterpoint, his instruction in counterpoint to include both the art of adding a melody to a plainsong and to an already existing piece of polyphonic music; (3) he shall always clothe them decently and properly, see that they wear good shoes, and ensure that their beds are kept perfectly clean; (4) he shall feed them the same food that he himself eats and never take money from them for anything having to do with their services in church or their musical instruction…” [cont’d]
— Málaga Cathedral Document (11 September 1551)

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Jump start your rehearsal
published 12 October 2013 by Veronica Brandt

983 choirs IRED OF CHATTER pushing rehearsal time back? A few polite greetings is fine, but sometimes it can be hard to get people to put away the news of the day and get ready to sing. Cut the small talk and get stuck into the task at hand with this ancient “Oration before quire practice.” The leader has only to intone the first word to signal the singers to take up the antiphon.

Repleatur os meum laude tua, ut possim cantare – May my mouth be filled with thy praises that I may sing. The words come from the Psalms. There follows a versicle and response, then a collect invoking Saints Gregory and Cecilia.

Listen here

Chant score here

How do you start your rehearsals?