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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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“If I could only make the faithful sing the Kyrie, the Gloria, the Credo, the Sanctus, and the Agnus Dei…that would be to me the finest triumph sacred music could have, for it is in really taking part in the liturgy that the faithful will preserve their devotion. I would take the Tantum Ergo, the Te Deum, and the Litanies sung by the people over any piece of polyphony.”
— Giuseppe Cardinal Sarto, Letter to Msgr. Callegari (1897)

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Tweaking Linebreaks Online with Gregorio
published 6 January 2018 by Veronica Brandt

AST WEEK I MADE A SHORT VIDEO about how easy it is to use Benjamin Bloomfield’s GABC Propers Tool. I used the online tool to make a booklet interleaving the propers and the ordinaries in under five minutes.

One comment was that this method lacked the ability to add linebreaks. But you can add linebreaks! This Sunday’s propers provided two opportunities to showcase this ability. Here I run through finding the best points to insert linebreaks.

The links in case you would like to try this out yourself:

    * *  GABC Propers Tool

    * *  Gregorio Cheat Sheet

I used the Traditional Calendar setting and chose the First Sunday After Epiphany (Holy Family), full propers, PDF (Further Options). Then in Illuminare I selected a width of 4.5 inches and height of 9 inches. I print these out scaled up to fit the page to be easy to read.

And the text of the changes to the code:

At the end of the Alleluia I changed:
Sal(gh)vá(fvEDef/gfhvGF’g)tor.(g.) (;) (hgjvvIH’kvJH’hg.) (,) (hvGF’EDgv.fg!hvhgjvIH’hg.) (::)
to
Sal(gh)vá(fvEDef/gfhvGF’g)tor.(g.) (;) (hgjvvIH’kvJH’hg.) (,)(z) (hvGF’EDgv.fg!hvhgjvIH’hg.) (::)

In the Gradual I ended up adding in a z into this line:
Dó(hg/hf/g_f)mi(ef)ni(f.) (;) óm(h)ni(g)bus(h)
resulting in this:
Dó(hg/hf/g_f)mi(efz)ni(f.) (;) óm(h)ni(g)bus(h)

And here are the before and after shots: