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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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Easy 3 part motet for the Sacred Heart of Jesus
published 1 June 2015 by Veronica Brandt

OMETIMES YOU READ ABOUT easy 3 part motets, only to find the complexity of the timing and intervals involved makes them out of reach. They may be fairly short and only 3 parts, but still challenging.

This piece was shared on the music sacra forum way back in 2008 and has since travelled the world and become a favourite among many choirs. It is short and sweet and there is symmetry which makes learning easier.

The lyrics: “Ametur ubique terrarum Cor Jesu Sacratissimum in aeternum!”

Which is: “May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be everywhere loved, forever!” – the motto of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.

      * *  PDF Score Ametur, 3 part polyphony by Fr Tom Luby MSC.

I am hoping to introduce it to two groups this year, so here I share the practice recordings I have made. Please forgive the singing. It should be clear enough to learn from.

Top part predominant – Audio MP3

Middle part predominant – Audio MP3

Lowest part predominant – Audio MP3

I don’t have a good equal voices recording yet, but hopefully there will be one soon!


The photo here is a beautiful example of goldwork, or Goudborduurwerk by H. van Severen, Sint-Niklaas circa.1900. “S CORDIS IESU SEVEREN-ENTE“ by CarolusOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.