Dona Nobis Pacem

"Dona nobis pacem" (Ecclesiastical Latin: [ˈdona ˈnobis ˈpatʃem], "Give us peace") is a round for three parts to a short Latin text from the Agnus Dei. The melody has been passed orally.


Dona Nobis Pacem (Guido's PDF)
Dona Nobis Pacem (TAB only for print)(WORD)
Dona Nobis Pacem (TAB only for print)(PDF)
Dona Nobis Pacem (for screen projection)(WORD)
Dona Nobis Pacem (for screen projection)(PDF)


All the versions above are the same, but Guido's shows notation and tab. I've done up WORD and PDF versions for viewing on screens - so that you can see all 3 parts on the screen at once without having to scroll the page. And there is also a version with TAB only that you can print if you prefer.  It'll be fun to try this one with the group! YOU CAN PLAY ALONG WITH THE FIRST VIDEO!

The text of "Dona nobis pacem" is a short prayer for peace from the Agnus Dei of the Latin mass. In the round for three parts, it is sung twice in every line. The melody has been passed orally. It has traditionally been attributed to Mozart but without evidence. English-language hymnals usually mark it "Traditional". The melody is relatively easy, with the second and third line supplying mostly harmony to the first line, in many long notes versus the flow of the first.

The round is part of many songbooks. Thomas Doss composed a fantasy arrangement for brass orchestra with optional vocal parts in 2003. Alfons Scheirle composed a piano accompaniment in 2013.

Beyond use at church, the round has been popular for secular quests for peace, such as the reunification of Germany. It was sung in 1989 in many churches and open air by people who possibly didn't know the meaning of the Latin text but understood its intention.

Guido Heistek recently posted this Round on his wonderful blog: Here is Guido's advice for how to play it in a group:

•This song can be played as a round with two or three groups.
•Each group will play the whole song through entirely: SECTION 1, 2 then 3. You can repeat the song as many times as you like.
•Each group starts 8 bars after the other. So when the first group gets to bar 9 to start SECTION 2, the second group should be starting SECTION 1. When the second group gets to SECTION 2, the third group should be starting SECTION 1.
•It’s easier to do the song with just two groups at first. Once you get comfortable with that you can try it with three groups.
•Have one person strum or pick the chords to help everyone stay in time.
•This song is also beautiful to sing! Give it a try!

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