Cantique de Jean Racine (arr Suzuki)

From Wind Repertory Project
Gabriel Fauré

Gabriel Fauré (arr. Eiji Suzuki)

This work bears the designation Opus 11.

General Info

Year: 1865 / 2000
Duration: c. 6:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Mixed choir and piano or organ
Publisher: Bravo Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


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

  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The text of this song is a translation of a medieval Latin hymn, Consors Patemi Luminis (0 Light of Light), by the 17th-century dramatist Jean Racine. When Fauré at age 20 set the translation to music for a school competition, he gave it the title Cantique de Jean Racine, rather than the title of the original hymn. This delicate setting won Fauré first prize and includes string bass and harp.

-Program Note by Edward C. Harris for the San Jose Wind Symphony

Cantique de Jean Racine (Chant by Jean Racine), Op. 11, is a composition for mixed choir and piano or organ by Gabriel Fauré. The text, "Verbe égal au Très-Haut" ("Word, one with the Highest"), is a French paraphrase by Jean Racine of a Latin hymn from the breviary for matins, Consors paterni luminis.

The nineteen-year-old composer set the text in 1864–65 for a composition competition at the École Niedermeyer de Paris, and it won him the first prize. The work was first performed the following year on 4 August 1866 in a version with accompaniment of strings and organ. The style shows similarities with his later work, Requiem. Today, the two works are often performed together.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Commissioned by the Sendai Mukohyama High School Wind Orchestra.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Wind Symphony (Eddie Airheart, conductor) – 16 April 2019

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