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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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We cannot exaggerate our indebtedness to Dr. Julian’s “Dictionary of Hymnology,” a monumental work, without which we could not have reached the high standard of accuracy, as to both texts and authorship, which we set before us when entering upon our labours.
— Committee for “New English Hymnal” (1906)

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New CD by the Sistine Chapel Choir
published 10 October 2015 by Veronica Brandt

Much of this music is familiar to me from a decade attending Mass at the Maternal Heart of Mary Church in Sydney. I love how the choir master, Msgr Palombella, describes Sicut Cervus as being a favourite for the congregation to join in (see 3:30). Polyphony doesn’t forbid congregational singing, it just raises the bar.

Also, you might sense a difference with Allegri’s Miserere. They are singing from a manuscript from the Vatican Archives from 1661. This is before that famous high C was added in a later elaboration.



You can buy CDs or downloads from Deutsche Grammophon. I have and I will be listening to these tracks over and over again.