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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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A lot of the favoured new settings are musically illiterate, almost is if they were written by semi-trained teenagers, getting to grips with musical rudiments. The style is stodgy and sentimental, tonally and rhythmically stilted, melodically inane and adored by Catholic clergy “of a certain age.” Some Catholic dioceses run courses for wannabe composers to perpetuate this style. It is a scandal. People with hardly any training and experience of even the basic building blocks of music have been convinced that there is a place for their puerile stumblings and fumblings in the modern Catholic Church because real musicians are elitist and off-putting.
— James MacMillan (20 November 2013)

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Wrapped in the Liber Usualis
published 20 June 2015 by Veronica Brandt

wrapped big HIS IS MY TWO YEAR OLD DAUGHTER on an uncharacteristically peaceful afternoon. The scarf is an experiment with photomosaics and a print on demand company called Redbubble.

The idea came while doing the washing up, mulling over how to make a design big enough to cover a bedspread. What if the pages of a book were laid out in a pleasing pattern? How would it look using the Liber, with it’s variations of light music and denser areas of text?

Curiosity and irascible appetite got the better of me and the end result is available here on Redbubble.

wrapped foot The scarf comes up first, but the bedspread idea is still available there if you dig around. The scarf seemed to have potential as an alternative to my regular mantilla, though the large polyester square is very different to my regular cotton lace mantilla. The greeting card shrinks the design down so it is impossible to read the pages, but you can click on the photo to the left to see that the scarf is quite readable, apart from a few places where a page has been cropped too closely.

The technical meanderings are briefly described here.

And I would like to wish my mother a Happy Birthday for today too.