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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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On leaving the Vatican after his abdication: “I was deeply moved. The cordiality of the farewell, also the tears of my collaborators. [His voice breaks with emotion.] On the roof of the Casa Bonus Pastor there was written in huge letters «Dio gliene renda merito» [“May God reward you”]. (The Pope weeps) I was really deeply moved. In any case, while I hovered overhead and began to hear the bells of Rome tolling, I knew that I could be thankful and my state of mind on the most profound level was gratitude.”
— Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (23 May 2016)

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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.