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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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"Since such is the nature of man that he cannot easily without external means be raised to meditation on divine things, on that account holy Mother Church has instituted certain rites, namely that certain things be pronounced in a subdued tone (canon and words of consecration) and others in a louder tone; she has likewise made use of ceremonies such as mystical blessings, lights, incense, vestments, and many other things of this kind in accordance with apostolic teaching and tradition, whereby both the majesty of so great a sacrifice might be commended, and the minds of the faithful excited by these visible signs of religion and piety to the contemplation of the most sublime matters which are hidden in this sacrifice."
— Council of Trent (Session XXII)

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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.