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"Dona Nobis Pacem," Lyrics, Text Format

Three part round for voice and recorder: major sixth (M6), two minor sevenths (m7), dominate skip and dominate arpeggio.


  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: Latin Hymn – attributed to Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 3/4
  • Form: through composed (three phrases)
  • Rhythm: beginners: | ti ti ta/a | ta ta ta | ta ta/a |
    | ta ti ti ti ti | ta/ ti ta | syncopation, | ti ti ta ta |
    | ta/a/a | ta/ ti ti ti | syncopation
  • Pitches: intermediate: So Ti Do Re Mi Fa So La
  • Intervals: advanced: Do\So (P4), So/Mi (M6), Re\So (P5), So/Fa (m7), Ti/La (m7), Do/So (P5), Re/La8(P5), So8\So descending dominate octave skip, Mi\Ti (P4), Ti/Re/So8 ascending dominate arpeggio (V, C)
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; syncopation, multiple vocal slurs, three part round in eight measure phrases, dominate arpeggio, dominate octave skip, two intervals of a minor seventh, singing in three parts
  • Key Words: sacred, language: Latin; “Give us Peace,” Latin hymn, canon hymn, Italian Renaissance
  • Recorder: advanced: two intervals of a seventh, eight measure phrases foster breath support, playing alone and with others, trio ensemble practice

“Dona Nobis Pacem”
“Give us Peace” 

Latin: Dona nobis pacem.

English: Give us peace.

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