About this blogger:
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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“I should not like to be too harsh on this commission’s labors. It numbered a certain number of genuine scholars and more than one experienced and judicious pastor. Under different circumstances, they might have accomplished excellent work. Unfortunately, on the one hand, a deadly error in judgment placed the official leadership of this committee in the hands of a man who—though generous and brave—was not very knowledgeable: Cardinal Larcaro. He was utterly incapable of resisting the maneuvers of the mealy-mouthed scoundrel that the Neapolitan Vincentian, Annibale, a man as bereft of culture as he was of basic honesty, soon revealed himself to be.”
— Fr. Bouyer, a liturgical expert appointed by Pope Paul VI

Preparing for Lent
published 1 March 2014 by Veronica Brandt

Kramskoi Christ dans le desert IVING UP A BAD HABIT FOR LENT? Or taking up a good habit? How about learning some more of the Propers? Lots of cool saints in heaven know these tunes, so dive in to the treasury of the Church’s Sacred Music today!

My choir is still aiming at a monthly Sung Mass. The next one happens to be the First Sunday of Lent, a good time for putting in a little more effort. This Sunday in the Extraordinary Form happens to have the longest Tract in the book. I am assured that once you get into it, the Tract is not so hard, and can be a good spot for ten minutes meditation for the congregation. I think we will go with the psalm toned version though. Here is the Gradual and Tract in a psalm tone on one page.

Corpus Christi Watershed is a great resource for singing the propers. See that link up there “Liturgical Music”? Go there for scores to print and recordings to hear and videos to watch.

Some singers have asked me to make recordings as a sort of half-way house between absolute ignorance and monastic mellifluence. Something that may seem a little more attainable. The idea of making a video was largely for the sake of learning about making videos, but in the process I found being able to watch the hand movements really added to the recording.

And if you are trying to improve your chant, recording and editing a video is a great way to drum those tunes into your head! And link it here so I can listen too.