Adoramus Te, Christe

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Claudio Monteverdi

Claudio Monteverdi (arr. Timothy Mahr)

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General Info

Year: c. 1620 / 2014
Duration: c. 2:40
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Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

"Adoramus te" (We adore Thee) is a stanza that is recited/sung mostly during the Stations of the Cross of the Catholic tradition. It is retained in some confessional Anglican and Lutheran traditions during the Good Friday liturgy, although generally in the vernacular. It is recited or sung between stations. The words in Latin are as follows:

Adoramus te, Christe,
et benedicimus tibi,
quia per sanctam crucem tuam
redemisti mundum.
Qui passus es pro nobis,
Domine, Domine, miserere nobis.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Composers have often favored this well-known Latin passage offering adoration to Jesus Christ. Held dear by worshippers for centuries, one can find settings of variants of this text by Palestrina, Gesualdo, Gasparini, Byrd, and Brahms, among many others. It presents an opportunity for tender, lyrical expression. Monteverdi chose to set the work for six voices and the piece was often performed with light instrumental accompaniment. The work was first published in 1620 as part of Giulio Bianchi’s Libro primo de motetti in lode d’iddio nostro signore.

Monteverdi was the maestro di cappella in Venice at the San Marco Basilica (St. Mark’s) for the final 30 years of his life. It was there, while on a visit as part of the St. Olaf Band’s 2014 international concert tour, that Timothy Mahr sensed the potential for an instrumental setting of Monteverdi’s Adoramus te, Christe. Mahr has dedicated this setting to his mother and father.

- Program Note from St. Olaf College Band concert program, January 2016 tour


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