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Adoramus te, Christe

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Quirino Gasparini

Quirino Gasparini (setting by Timothy Mahr)

General Info

Year: c. 1771 / 2018
Duration: c. 4:10
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Choir
Publisher: Mahr Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $50.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Chimes
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle

Players singing


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Quirino Gasparini (1721-1778) was born near Bergamo, Italy, and although he studied for the priesthood, he devoted most of his life to composing primarily church music. Adoramus te, Christe is traditionally performed during the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday.

Adoramus te, Christe
Et benedicimus tibi,
Quia per sanctam crucem tuam
Redemisti mundum.

We adore you, Christ
And we bless you,
Who through your holy cross,
Redeemed the world.

Gasparini met Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his father, Leopold Mozart, in 1771 and they established a friendship. Adoramus te, Christe was mistakenly attributed to Wolfgang Mozart until 1922, when it was ascertained that the work was really a copy in Leopold’s hand of a work by Gasparini. This setting for winds -- to accompany the original choral score -- was arranged by Timothy Mahr for the St. Olaf Symphonic Band.

- Program Note by Brigham Young University Wind Symphony concert program, 5 March 2015

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

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