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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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“In spite of what it is currently called, the music of these songs is not modern: this musical style is not new, but has been played in the most profane places and surroundings (cabarets, music halls, often for more or less lascivious dances with foreign names). The people are led on to rock or swing. They all feel an urge to dance about. That sort of “body language” is certainly alien to our Western culture, unfavorable to contemplation and its origins are rather suspect. Most of the time our congregations, which already find it hard not to confuse the crochets and the quavers in a 6/8 bar, do not respect the rhythm; then one no longer feels like dancing, but with the rhythm gone to pieces, the habitual poorness of the melodic line becomes all the more noticeable.”
— Unnamed choirmaster (Northern France) circa 1986

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Recordings for A New Book of Old Hymns
published 20 February 2016 by Veronica Brandt

HEN IT COMES TO A HANDY BOOK of Gregorian chant hymns there is one book I keep coming back to, time and time again. I am the compiler, so I can’t be said to be a completely impartial judge, but as I have had the longest time to grow tired of it, maybe that means something when I still recommend it after a decade or more.

As a reply to those who have requested recordings over the years, I offer this tour of such a collection.


Feel free to browse the curated collection of recordings of the music.

At the moment you can even download the whole book here.

I have just updated the files at Lulu and Amazon, keeping page numbers the same, but making minor improvements.