About this blogger:
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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“If I could only make the faithful sing the Kyrie, the Gloria, the Credo, the Sanctus, and the Agnus Dei…that would be to me the finest triumph sacred music could have, for it is in really taking part in the liturgy that the faithful will preserve their devotion. I would take the Tantum Ergo, the Te Deum, and the Litanies sung by the people over any piece of polyphony.”
— Giuseppe Cardinal Sarto, Letter to Msgr. Callegari (1897)

The longest 54 seconds in a Missa Cantata
published 30 December 2016 by Veronica Brandt

Mini Magi HE LONG SILENCE. Were you supposed to start singing already, or is something else about to happen first? It is the time just after the Lord’s Prayer while everyone is waiting to start the Agnus Dei at a Vetus Ordo / Extraordinary Form sung Latin Mass. That wait between Sed libera nos a malo until the Per omnia saecula saeculorum. It is so tempting to start the Agnus Dei to fill in the silence, but hopefully that’s a mistake you don’t make more than once.

Starting to take care of the music for a sung Latin Mass can be daunting. There is a handy book available called Psallite Sapienter. It’s not a completely authoritative work – you will find there are all sorts of variations among different priests and musicians, but it does give a good starting point. It’s available printed by Lulu and also as a free pdf download from musicasacra.com.

May your 2017 be full of new adventures, not least in the pursuit of sacred music!