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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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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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Browsing Illuminated Manuscripts in Switzerland
published 8 February 2014 by Veronica Brandt

G is for Gaudeamus FEEL LIKE I HAVE BEEN PREPARING more for this year’s homeschool chant classes than the last few years put together. My previous post was about preparing flashcards and quizzes. Today my focus is more on the visual art side.

My husband had some posters printed to promote his drawing business at a local agricultural show. Preparing those files for the printers, I thought of all those beautiful photos of illuminated manuscripts now available on the internet under Creative Commons licences.

So, today I have been browsing the libraries, poring over descriptions in French, German and Italian, looking for pieces of music that could be relevant to the class. Here are my favourites for today:

All from Switzerland, many, many, many miles away.

The plan is to go through a collection of chant fragments based around the mysteries of the Rosary. Here in Australia we have four school terms:

  • Term 1 largely in Lent, – sorrowful mysteries
  • Term 2 in Easter/Pentecost, – glorious mysteries
  • Term 3 Ordinary Time, – luminous mysteries
  • Term 4 leading up to Advent – joyful mysteries

And also planning to ensure everyone knows how to sing Pater Noster, Ave Maria, Gloria Patri and Salve Regina. All in 35 minutes, twice a month. Which is a little ambitious, which brings up the idea of making this available online for eager students.

Next I need some way to present recordings to the class…