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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 six children.
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“Since the English is not meant to be sung, but only to tell people who do not understand Latin what the text means, a simple paraphrase in prose is sufficient. The versions are not always very literal. Literal translations from Latin hymns would often look odd in English. I have tried to give in a readable, generally rhythmic form the real meaning of the text.”
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)

Memento Rerum Conditor
published 16 May 2015 by Veronica Brandt

VERY NOW AND THEN a gap appears in the seemingly endless amount of information on the internet. This is often frustrating, especially when you could go to a lot of trouble to learn and produce the missing resources, but you need them done yesterday and once the crisis is over you collapse in a heap and block out the whole episode.

Of course you don’t notice the gaps that you are easily able to fill until someone else points them out.

Here is the sheet music in pdf.

I have written about this little hymn a few years ago on another blog. The tune crops up under other names, often in a truncated form as in the Liber Usualis which I link to in that post, so you can find two thirds of the hymn already on youtube if you know to look for Maria Mater Gratiae.

The voices here are my family – if you listen closely you can hear a two-year old humming along a little in the second verse. The sheet music is from a Little Office Booklet I made up when we were learning to sing Prime and Compline. There isn’t so much variation in the little office so now we sing from memory with the Baronius Press books as back up.

Maybe we need a place to report missing resources like this.