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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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Much of the beauty of the older forms was lost and the hymns did not really become classical. We have reason to hope that the present reform of the breviary will also give us back the old form of the hymns. But meanwhile it seems necessary to keep the later text. This is the one best known, it is given in all hymnbooks and is still the only authorized form. Only in one case have we printed the older text of a hymn, number 57, “Urbs Jerusalem.” The modern form of this begins: “Caelestis urbs Jerusalem.” But in this case the people who changed it in the seventeenth century did not even keep its metre; so the later version cannot be sung to the old, exceedingly beautiful tune.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)

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For the Carol Enthusiasts
published 22 November 2014 by Veronica Brandt

Carol Books wide APPY ST CECILIA’S DAY! I hope the day brings you much cake and song. Enjoy Aurelio’s tour of the Church of St Cecilia with Sister Margaret.

Today I thought I’d talk about books of Christmas carols. I’ve mentioned websites like Hymns and Carols of Christmas before, but nothing beats having a paper copy in your hand – or on your music stand.

Books like the Oxford Book of Carols, Faber Book of Carols and the Cambridge Carol-Book will always stand as reference books. Christmas Carols by Karl Schulte seems the most ubiquitous collection ever. The Usborne Book of Christmas Carols is good for people looking for easy piano arrangements.

Silent Night 2 is a little booklet from the Transalpine Redemptorists at Papa Stronsay. Inside are lyrics for many favourite Christmas carols reflecting something of the diversity of the monks. Available here.

A collection of Christmas carols by B B But my favourite has to be A Collection of Christmas Carols. Benjamin Bloomfield has collected over 150 Christmas Carols into one book. They are all typed up with Lilypond and hosted with Github.

You can download the pdf.

You can buy a spiral bound copy through Lulu or a regular paperback through Amazon.

You can buy bulk quantities in paperback through Createspace with the wholesale discount.

All available at acollectionofchristmascarols.com.

The photo shows a paperback copy and a home printed and comb bound copy.

And if you’re thinking of buying a spiral bound copy through Lulu: Today through November 24, get 30% off all softcover books with code FLASH30 and 50% off all hardcover books with code HC50.

Remember Jeff’s list of Lulu books here.

I had a go at a list of my own favourites here (including educational and books for children).