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Panis Angelicus (arr Sparke)

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César Franck

César Franck (arr. Philip Sparke)

Subtitle: From Misse Sollenelle

General Info

Year: 1872 / 2001
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: II-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Three voices
Publisher: de haske
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €88.00   |   Score Only (print) - €14.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Panis angelicus (Latin for "Bread of Angels" or "Angelic Bread") is the penultimate strophe of the hymn Sacris solemniis written by Saint Thomas Aquinas for the Feast of Corpus Christi as part of a complete liturgy of the feast, including prayers for the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours. The strophe of Sacris solemniis that begins with the words "Panis angelicus" (bread of angels) has often been set to music separately from the rest of the hymn. Most famously, in 1872 César Franck set this strophe for tenor voice, harp, cello, and organ, and incorporated it into his Messe à trois voix.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

César Franck was a religious man for whom music was an act of faith. In his works there is a spirit of deep sincerity what, while reserved in its utterance, is of a highly personal nature. Franck wrote Panis angelicus (nation's prayer) in 1872 for tenor voice, organ, harp, cello and double bass.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • Kansas: IV


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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Perusal score
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 210.