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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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"Upon the road, René was always occupied with God. His words and the discourses he held were all expressive of submission to the commands of Divine Providence, and showed a willing acceptance of the death which God was sending him. He gave himself to God as a sacrifice, to be reduced to ashes by the fires of the Iroquois, which that good Father's hand would kindle. He sought the means to bless Him in all things and everywhere. Covered with wounds as he himself was, Goupil dressed the wounds of other persons, of the enemies who had received some blows in the fight as well as those of the prisoners. He opened the vein for a sick Iroquois. And he did it all with as much charity as if he had done it to persons who were his best friends."
— St. Isaac Jogues (writing in 1643)

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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.