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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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A lot of the favoured new settings are musically illiterate, almost is if they were written by semi-trained teenagers, getting to grips with musical rudiments. The style is stodgy and sentimental, tonally and rhythmically stilted, melodically inane and adored by Catholic clergy “of a certain age.” Some Catholic dioceses run courses for wannabe composers to perpetuate this style. It is a scandal. People with hardly any training and experience of even the basic building blocks of music have been convinced that there is a place for their puerile stumblings and fumblings in the modern Catholic Church because real musicians are elitist and off-putting.
— James MacMillan (20 November 2013)

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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.

Download PDF Sheet Music

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.