Agnus Dei (SSAA a cappella)

SSAA a cappella (1995) 3’30″
Text in Latin.
Premiered and recorded by the Piedmont Choirs, Bob Geary, Director.
Also recorded by the Peninsula Women’s Chorus, Martin Benvenuto, Director.
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Listen to the recording by the Peninsula Women’s Chorus:

      Agnus Dei, with the Peninsula Women's Chorus

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Program note:

Based upon John the Baptist’s reference in John 1:29 to Jesus as the Lamb of God, the text in Latin is:

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, dona nobis pacem.

Translation:

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

Evoking plainsong through use of the dorian mode and using layered but constantly evolving ostinati, the Agnus Dei creates a mood of gentle but increasingly insistent supplication.

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One comment on “Agnus Dei (SSAA a cappella)
  1. Mimi says:

    My high school choir is doing a report on this song and it’s really pretty and fun to sing omg

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