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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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O Crux Ave, partial recording
published 4 March 2017 by Veronica Brandt

FATHER FRIEL WROTE THIS simple three part motet O Crux Ave with verses from the hymn Vexilla Regis. It is a good piece for Passiontide, or any devotion to the Holy Cross.

Some time ago I made this short recording for teaching the middle part to my choir.

    * *  O Crux Ave – middle voice with organ main refrain

I was hoping to finish it, but a sore throat has put an obstacle in my path, but I offer this recording as it is – maybe it will help someone get started.