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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 know that originally the offertories of the repertoire included a series of verses, just like the introit and the communion, but generally more ornate. Many of these are musical compositions of great beauty. They quickly fell into disuse, and we find them only in the most ancient manuscripts. The only remaining trace of this older arrangement in our present-day liturgy is that of the offertory of the Requiem Mass.”
— Dom Joseph Gajard (1956)

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Veni Creator Chant Plus Polyphony by Couturier
published 14 May 2016 by Veronica Brandt

UR PENTECOST NOVENA for this year. I was hoping we could get this ready for Pentecost, but finding time and singers has been difficult. We will just sing the chant for the hymn for tomorrow’s Missa Cantata.

This is a piece for the Holy Spirit that I have sung with different groups. I am so familiar with this piece that it is astonishing to find that it isn’t better known. The harmony is straightforward and everyone sings the same words at once so it isn’t too hard to learn.

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Unfortunately I couldn’t find a good recording to convince audio-centric friends of the merits of the piece, so we have had an interesting evening combining my family’s voices together for your edification.

Listen here (mp3)

The timing is a bit out, but I hope it gives you some idea of the beauty of this piece. Maybe next year our little choir will get it together.