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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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“I should not like to be too harsh on this commission’s labors. It numbered a certain number of genuine scholars and more than one experienced and judicious pastor. Under different circumstances, they might have accomplished excellent work. Unfortunately, on the one hand, a deadly error in judgment placed the official leadership of this committee in the hands of a man who—though generous and brave—was not very knowledgeable: Cardinal Larcaro. He was utterly incapable of resisting the maneuvers of the mealy-mouthed scoundrel that the Neapolitan Vincentian, Annibale, a man as bereft of culture as he was of basic honesty, soon revealed himself to be.”
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Christus Vincit - Christ Conquers
published 14 October 2017 by Veronica Brandt

Christ, Aquinas and Newman BOUT THIS TIME LAST YEAR I wrote about Christus Vincit a.k.a. Laudes Regiae. It’s still a favorite piece and a great antidote to the malady of thinking chant is dull – a condition affecting all too many Catholics arising from insufficient exposure to chant well sung.

Christus Vincit is also famous as the interval signal for Vatican Radio – a much shorter piece than the full Laudes Regiae from the time of King Charlemagne, but still a great piece to have in your repertoire for all sorts of occasions.

In my earlier post I included two versions of Christus Vincit. This time I include the Tonus Simplex version from the Cantuale Romano-Seraphicum:

Christus Vincit Simplex

I can’t see any recordings – it’s almost metrical, and yet not quite. The Cantuale sets it as an Antiphon with Laudate Dominum omnes gentes as the psalm in mode 6 – as you might be familiar with from Adoremus in aeternum.