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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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“Church officials frequently asked Tomás Luis de Victoria for his opinion on cathedral appointments because of his fame and knowledge. He was faithful to his position as convent organist even after his professional debut as an organist, and never accepted any extra pay for being a chapelmaster. Held in great esteem, his contract allowed him frequent travel away from the convent, and he attended Palestrina's funeral (in Rome) in 1594.”
— Dr. Robert Stevenson, 1961 (mod.)

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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.